Clegg leadership donor is new key player at London Evening Standard

With a big tip of the hat to the Guido Fawkes’ blog, there is an intriguing Lib Dem connection to the new owner of the Evening Standard, ex-KGB officer Alexander Lebedev: that Justin Byam Shaw, a Lib Dem member who donated money to Nick Clegg’s leadership campaign, is to become its deputy chairman.

A later update confirms the story:

Nick Clegg’s office have been in touch to say Justin Byam Shaw gave £3,000 to Clegg’s leadership campaign and it is on the Electoral Register.

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  • Does this mean we’ll start getting some coverage in the Evening Standard then?

  • Or does it mean that the Lib Dems are a KGB 5th column intending to take over the UK media?

    LOL 🙂

  • Anon said:

    “Does this mean we’ll start getting some coverage in the Evening Standard then?”

    Only if the new owners get rid of:

    A/ Veronica Wadley as Editor
    B/ Their political columnist Anne McElvoy
    C/ Andrew Gilligan

  • Matthew Huntbach 22nd Jan '09 - 10:18am

    I’d be happy to increase my party subscription in return for leadership campaigns where all sides are equally funded, and there’s no suspicion you have an advantage if you stand for whatever it is that rich oligarchs feel it’s worth paying you for.

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