Lobby Legend Simon Walters Moves to Assistant Editor Daily Mail

After 19 years at the Mail on Sunday Lobby legend Simon Walters is off to their bitterest rival paper, the Daily Mail. The four times Political Journalist of the Year becomes the Assistant Editor (Politics). He will be spending most of his time in Northcliffe House and leaving the Lobby. What does this mean for the Brexit coverage in the paper that has been as staunch as any on the issue? Incoming editor Geordie Grieg might want to move the coverage to a less bombastic tone. If the paper moved to take an anti-Brexit line this would surely create a commercially dangerous cognitive dissonance in the readership…

Liz Laid It On Thick

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Judging from the ferocity of her protest about Mail on Sunday political editor Simon Walters’ ‘unbelievable’ question to her about her weight, you’d think Liz Kendall would have thrown him out of her office where the interview took place. Er, no.

At the end of that interview she larked around taking photos of Walters with the Mail on Sunday photographer’s camera. And she gave him a jar of Granny Cool orange and lemon with ginger marmalade, saying: ‘I was given this but prefer thick cut.’ Walters was slapping Kendall’s ‘Granny Cool’ on his hot buttered Mother’s Pride on Sunday morning when, prompted by the Beeb’s PC brigade, he heard her fulminate against him on BBC Radio 5. Never mind Simon, she’ll soon be toast herself…

Ban This Sick Filth

Liz Kendall memorably told the Mail on Sunday’s Simon Walters to “f**k off” when he asked her if she is “about the same weight as the Duchess of Cambridge”. Liz was so outraged that she told John Pienaar:

“I just think it’s unbelievable that in the 21st Century women still get asked such very, very different questions from men. Can you imagine the Mail on Sunday asking the weight of the prime minister, George Osborne or any other leading politician?”

Well, now you mention it…

Here is Walters’ MoS interview with the Chancellor last year:

“it is more intimate matters that we discuss first. It is impossible not to notice his dramatic weight loss. He is a real skinny malink. ‘Am I?’ he says, modestly patting his slim line waist.

‘You reach that point in your mid-40s where suddenly the weight doesn’t drop off and you have to … it’s a hard fact of life. I found myself putting on weight being stuck in here [No 11] and the Treasury. I asked my doctor which diets he thought worked. He recommended the 5:2.’ Is he still on it?

‘No, the 5:2 diet helps you get down the weight – I lost a couple of stone – and once you’re there, you just have to be careful. I just eat less and go running round the park.’”

In fact the men of Westminster get scrutinised just as much as the ladies…

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