Owen Bennett – the recently hired Whitehall editor at The Telegraph – has been fired, after executives at the newspaper discovered he had lied about the circumstances in which he had left his previous position at the Huffington Post. Owen, who publicly presents himself as a feminist and sexual equality advocate, has a less public reputation as a Westminster sex pest.
Sources at the Huffington Post were tight-lipped though they did not deny that he left the “woke” publication before a disciplinary procedure could be commenced. Guido understands that he has been the subject of more than one complaint, including one made to the newly established parliamentary complaints hotline.
When Guido put the allegations to Bennett last night, he confirmed the employment situation and that he had left the Huffington Post because of allegations related to another female employee. Owen’s former boss at the Huffington Post, Paul Waugh, said that all questions should be directed to their human resources department. Owen told Guido that he has been having counseling and therapy sessions to deal with his issues. Later on in the evening, Owen called to say he was aware of a very serious allegation circulating against him and that he would sue if it was published.
Owen made headlines recently with revelations about Michael Gove’s cocaine taking in his biography published during the Tory leadership campaign. Owen is popular in the Lobby with some, though one hack – who already knew of the allegations – said “he deserves everything he gets”.
Guido is still getting through “All Out War“ and has learnt a few things already. Review soon…
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All the Brexit book are on the up, except Sir Craig Oliver’s.
Arron Banks and his slick-haired sidekick Andy Wigmore left no stone unturned in their bid to win the Leave designation during the referendum. A new book reveals how a UKIP-Communist pact attempted to win the Electoral Commission round. Wigmore, a former Tory smoothie turned purple rosette-wearing Kipper, infiltrated the New Communist Party of Britain, becoming a member in order to secure the party’s backing for Grassroots Out. Alas somehow the alliance of Reds, purples and George Galloway was not enough to beat Vote Leave to the designation. The tale is told in ‘The Brexit Club‘ by Owen Bennett, which is out today and worth a read especially if you’re a UKIP enthusiast. There were always rumours that GO were sympathetic to the Russian worldview…
A spectacular media commentariat bitch fight this week, as HuffPo’s Owen Bennett needled Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam over his reporting of the Oldham by-election. Cue an Israeli-style response from Raheem.
Our generation’s Owen Bennett took on our generation’s George Orwell on Sky this afternoon:
“The thing for Owen Jones, and I think it’s wonderful that his career’s going so well that he’s now in the top 1% of earners in this country, but people like us who actually care how they’re gonna pay the bills need a government that’s based in the centre ground…”
Read how OJ made it into the 1% here…
Guido is off to the pub for the launch of ‘Following Farage‘ by Owen Bennett, which includes such gems as the time the UKIP leader was involved in a coke and hooker shock:
When asked by a friendly American who recognised him in Manhattan, “here, you want some coke?”, Farage replied: “No, no, no, I can’t do any of that”.
The gentleman replied: “OK, tell me your room number, I’m going to send my girl Luscious up to your room!”, to which Nige wisely insisted: “‘No, no, no, I’m OK without Luscious, thanks!”
It also has sit down interviews with Godfrey Bloom, Janice Atkinson and Nige himself, so makes fun holiday reading for ‘Kippers. Its author is truly this generation’s Owen Bennett.
Incidentally, mischevous rumours are going around that UKIP politicians and staff “are on a three line whip” not to attend, though a UKIP source politely insists “everyone’s busy”. At least Owen will be able to pay for a round now…