New Labour and The Sun – a “kissy-kissy celebration
Ben Stoneham, a recently ennobled Liberal Democrat activist, had a lively anecdote to throw into Lords debate on the Leveson report. “A shocking experience for me was to attend the retirement party in 2003 of the editor of the Sun, David Yelland,” he said. “In effect, it was the crowning party for Rebekah Brooks. Pretty much the whole of the Labour cabinet, with the honourable exception of (John) Prescott, was there that night. This was no respectful attendance for a colleague stepping into retirement; it was a more familiar, kissy-kissy celebration than I would ever have anticipated. This was a meeting for colluding friends.”
It was not particularly admirable of Lord Stoneham’s to wait ten years until Rebekah Brooks was in no position to hit back, to share this story with the public, but it is an another interesting insight into how Tony Blair’s government courted Rupert Murdoch’s empire.
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