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Monday, June 20, 2005
  I have a phone
I actually have a phone in my office in London and two of my staff will have passes by about 10am tomorrow.

Amazing!

It is only about six weeks since I was elected and I have a phone. Everything should now follow, of course.

Immediately I was elected, I got a coathanger in the members cloakroom. On that coathanger is a pink ribbon. For my Sword (no not that Sword). A few MPs have indeed got toy swords on their coathangers.

I think I now understand how everything went haywire on Friday. The Evening Mail First Edition (and I think C1) went out with basically a story that we had given them in detail. Everything was accurate and truthful.

They then changed the story in C2. All the other newspapers thought that this had been checked in the same rigorous manner. Sadly, it hadn't. This, of course, after the "mother of all sex scandals", gives potentially the "mother of all libel cases".

We have now spoken to one paper who know they have dropped a clanger. One task for this week is to get all the press cuttings and work out exactly who has said what. Then we need to approach the journals concerned and work out what is going to be done. I am not a great fan of suing for Libel. I have done it before (and won), but much prefer to work in partnership with people to sort out issues.
 
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