The Telegraph must stand firm against Downing Street bullies

The Telegraph is the newspaper that broke the news about the expenses scandal. This had a damaging effect on politicians of all parties, including Gordon Brown’s Labour government. It shows just how sensitive the issue still is after four years. The disappearance of this story from the Beeb’s own website – see comments – also seems suspicious. It looks like once again Cameron’s aides have gone into damage limitation mode and started trying to bully the press.

Vox Political

Self-satisfied: Downing street communications chief Craig Oliver. But does he have any reason to look so pleased with himself? Self-satisfied: Downing street communications chief Craig Oliver. But does he have any reason to look so pleased with himself?

Is Downing Street director of communications Craig Oliver a liar, or incompetent? Or is he an incompetent liar?

These are the questions we should ask after he denied threatening the Daily Telegraph with tougher press regulation if it published details of its investigation into Maria Miller’s expenses.

The Telegraph reported that Miller’s parents were living in her taxpayer-funded south London second home, implying that she had fraudulently claimed expenses for it, in December 2012 – and immediately followed its report with another, alleging that government advisers tried to bully the paper out of running the story.

The Telegraph claimed that Miller’s special advisor, Joanna Hindley, told a reporter that the Editor of the Telegraph was involved in meetings with the Prime Minister and the Culture Secretary over implementing the recommendations made…

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