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News International’s William Lewis, BBC’s Robert Peston, and the alleged act of theft which aimed to bring down Vince Cable

Rewind to December 2010, and you will recall the furore which greeted the revelation by the BBC’s Robert Peston that Lib Dem business secretary Vince Cable had been secretly taped by undercover Telegraph hacks “declaring war” on Rupert Murdoch and his bid for BSkyB.

Vince was almost forced to resign, responsibility for handling the bid was handed over to a Murdoch-friendly Tory, and the Telegraph was embarrassed by the implication that they had censored the story in order to avoid assisting media rival News International.

A report in today’s New York Times sheds a new and extraordinary light on that sequence of events, and suggests that:

  • The Telegraph was not sitting on the Cable/BSkyB scoop, but was all set to run it as a follow-up to the paper’s initial story focusing on Vince’s forthright views on the Coalition;
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  • User AvatarGemma Roulston 23rd Nov - 4:55pm
    Roland, Alex and his lawyers/solicitors are getting no joy from Cornwall County Council. The council have decided behind closed doors that Alex is guilty -...
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    There is also the case of Robert Bleakley on Wigan MBC. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-29135683 which has received widespread coverage on BBC NW. I don't know him, or...
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    I'm a little surprised that Alex Folkes hasn't already taken legal advice and have his solicitor send an appropriately threatening letter to Cornwall Council. Defamation...
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    If the information given in this post is correct, the following should be done. (1) Cornwall Council should dismiss Mr Kerr and the officer(s) who...