Daily Archives: July 28, 2011

Jim Pickard

My understanding is that the Culture, Media and Sport committee will meet tomorrow to discuss whether to summon up to five witnesses to Parliament to be questioned – of which three would be recalls.

The committee, chaired by John Whittingdale, will consider whether to bring back James Murdoch, Colin Myler and Tom Crone for further quizzing.

Myler, former editor of News of the World, and Crone, former legal manager, both issued a statement last week contradicting Murdoch’s evidence to the committee. They said they had told him about an email showing evidence of wider hacking by other journalists.

My understanding is that the committee will also consider whether to invite Jon Chapman  to answer questions for the first time. Chapman, ex-director of legal affairs at News International, has said that there were “serious inaccuracies in statements made (by others) to the Culture, Media and Sport select committee”. The MPs also have questions for law firm Harbottle & Lewis.

The committee is meeting on Friday ostensibly for a press conference publicising its latest report, into British sport. But the more pressing issue of Hackanory- and recent Read more >>

Jim Pickard

The Guardian is reporting that Sara Payne is “devastated” at news that she may have been hacked by the News of the World. Payne, whose daughter Sarah was murdered, was close to the newspaper for years – which pressed hard for a “Sarah’s Law” to reveal the location of paedophiles. This looks set to explode “Hacking gate” once more.

Payne even wrote a positive valedictory in the final edition of the NotW. As Tom Watson says: “The last edition of the News of the World made great play of the paper’s relationship with the Payne family.” Read more >>

Jim Pickard

A small but significant piece of good news for Labour, buried in the back of its annual report, published today.

The party’s pension fund had been sagging under a deficit of £6.6m, which may sound tiny until you remember that Labour only employs 287 staff (up from 226 a year before). Read more >>

Jim Pickard

This morning we reported the perplexion in Downing Street around some of Steve Hilton’s more extreme ideas. Five of the following suggestions were made by Hilton, the PM’s head of strategy; five were not. Can you guess which are which? For the answer here’s our original story.

1] Abolish all maternity leave Read more >>