Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud?


12:33 pm - May 5th 2010

by Sunny Hundal    


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Unity earlier wrote a post linking to another blog that I cannot substantiate fully so I’ve edited it out. Let me explain what I believe is going on.

Since the original article in the Observer, thousands of people on Twitter and blogs have asked why broadcasters did not chase up the Phillipa Stroud story.

The question was also asked by Benjamin Cohen at Channel 4 and at the New Statesman.

First, I’ve heard from two sources in the media, at broadcasters, that Phillipa Stroud’s lawyers have gotten involved in the story.

But this isn’t about libel.

My understanding is that the Representation of People’s Act 1983, has been brought into the mix.

The relevant bit states that:

Section 106 makes it illegal to publish any false statement of fact in relation to the candidate’s personal character or conduct, unless he can show that he had reasonable grounds for believing that statement to be true. It is also illegal to publish a false statement of a candidate’s withdrawal from an election.

What I can’t confirm is whether Stroud’s lawyers cited that act or lawyers at broadcasters themselves have.

Either way, it puts broadcasters, who are obliged by law to be balanced, in a difficult position. The statement by Phillipa Stroud says:

Philippa makes no apology for being a committed Christian. However, it is categorically untrue that she believes homosexuality to be an illness. Indeed, Philippa was deeply offended that The Observer has suggested otherwise.

But the statement does not deny that she actually worshipped for homosexuals to be saved, as is alleged in the Observer article, or founded a church that did exactly that.

So a broadcaster would have difficulty standing up that allegation because:

1. Phillipa Stroud is not giving interviews.
2. All this allegedly happened several years ago.
3. There’s too much other stuff going on.

But it’s not that difficult because, as I understand it, the Observer has been perfectly happy to offer broadcasters information as well as contact details of people they interviewed.

My source tells me there is is another reason why broadcasters are not reporting on the issue: that is, the media are no longer scared of the New Labour media machine and are easily intimidated by the CCHQ machine.

There’s little point in blaming Ms Stroud for the lack of media coverage – she is expected to protect her own interests.

But we should however question why the media, especially the BBC, find it easier to report on the comments of a previously unknown candidate in an unwinnable seat (Manish Sood) – for more than half a day – but say little about potentially damaging revelations about a prominent Conservative candidate who is chair of a highly influential think-tank very close to Cameron.

I’ll offer you more examples of this today.

[This isn’t the case, from my sources, for Channel 4 however. It seems they just missed the boat on the story and then decided it was too late to pursue given no new allegations had turned up.]

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Sunny,

I’m not going to rehash old arguments, but surely all Christians pray for homosexuals to be saved? It is after all a sin in their holy book, and Christians pray for sinners?

So if the only accusation worth rehashing (because it is the only thing that is not disputed) is that Ms Stroud is in fact a Christian, who prays according to the dictates of that religion, how is that really news?

My source tells me there is is another reason why broadcasters are not reporting on the issue: that is, the media are no longer scared of the New Labour media machine and are easily intimidated by the CCHQ machine.

Nailed it. Especially the BBC, who will no doubt be told on a daily basis that the Tories will be monitoring to ensure the coverage is “consistent with the BBC’s public service duties” – after all, the BBC wouldn’t want to do anything that might make it necessary to review it’s Charter status, now, would it? “Lovely broadcasting organisation you’ve got here, shame if anything happened to it…”

It reminds me of that vivid moment (one of many) in the last series of The Thick of It where Nicola Murray has been overheard saying something compromising on an escalator in the Guardian’s offices, and as Malcolm Tucker tries to “kill” the story it becomes apparent that his power over the media is draining away from him – that the journalists are no longer afraid of him.

The Christian God has made his feelings about us poofs quite clear. Any Christian who is a Liberal on such things is either (a) an idiot who can’t understand his own sacred texts, (b) a hypocrite or (c) borderline neurotic from the cognitive dissonance.

I’m not going to rehash old arguments, but surely all Christians pray for homosexuals to be saved? It is after all a sin in their holy book, and Christians pray for sinners?

The point is – she should come clean about whether she did pray for that or not, and set up a church which does that. Then people can judge her on her actions.

The point is, Sunny, she’s a Christian. Either she believes that homosexuals need to be saved, or she’s a hypocrite or an idiot.

And we know how innervated you lefties get at perceived hypocrisy.

Martin, you’re wrong and they are wrong too. Jesus never said anything about homosexuality and those who pick out that bit from the old testament whilst ignoring (for instance) the need for women to have a ‘cleansing bath and sacrifice a chicken’ after each menstrual period, or for people to not pierce or cut their bodies (see http://barthsnotes.wordpress.com/2009/10/19/leviticus-fail/) are the ones who are hypocrites. I am sure the many Christian groups who are quite liberal about homosexuality (Quakers, Unitarians, the various non-Conformists churches, the Lesbian & Gay Christian Movement, etc) would seek to disagree with you too.

BTW, Philippa Stroud apparently belongs to a church which “teaches that a husband has ‘authority’ over his wife, and that a wife should submit to a husband’s will in all things.” http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/12037
So what she’s doing standing for election is anyone’s guess. But I suppose they can make exceptions if they feel like it.

It’s all getting a bit tense isn’t it?

And we know how innervated you lefties get at perceived hypocrisy.

Hey Martin you troll – what does God say about pushing women and knocking them over, and then looking like a prat when the police take you away?

http://www.newstatesman.com/blogs/public-accounts/2010/04/poplar-prescott-ground

How did it feel when you were led away by the police? Do you think God would have been proud? Answers on a postcard, yeah?

@8:

I’d never been arrested before, it was quite exciting.

So, Sunny, would you like to state on the record that I pushed a woman to the ground?

I’m currently toying with a defamation lawsuit, and would be delighted to add you to my list.

10. AnthonyA

Watchman:
“I’m not going to rehash old arguments, but surely all Christians pray for homosexuals to be saved? It is after all a sin in their holy book, and Christians pray for sinners?”

But – as you know very well – the allegation isn’t that she “prayed for homosexuals to be saved”, or even that she “prayed for homosexuals to be cured”.

It’s that she believes homosexuality is caused by demonic possession, and that she participated in exorcisms to try to expel these demons.

11. AnthonyA

“Section 106 makes it illegal to publish any false statement of fact in relation to the candidate’s personal character or conduct, unless he can show that he had reasonable grounds for believing that statement to be true.”

If a damaging allegation is made about a candidate, and the candidate in response issues a statement which avoids denying the truth of the allegation – and if the candidate refuses to deny it despite being asked repeatedly whether it is true, isn’t it reasonable to assume that it’s true?

@10:

Ms Stroud executed a textbook non-denial of the allegations.

What I was fascinated about was exactly why Iain Dale was spinning for her. Is it because he’s friends with Tim Montgomerie?

“What I was fascinated about was exactly why Iain Dale was spinning for her. Is it because he’s friends with Tim Montgomerie?”

Or perhaps because he would like to stand for Parliament in a seat with some reasonable prospects of being elected.

What’s clear is that Phillipa Stroud’s public endorsement by Iain Dale effectively dismisses claims that she is bigoted about gays

I’m currently toying with a defamation lawsuit,

Really? Will you be suing the Tories for chucking you out too?
Anyway, I’m not having homophobic crap posted here – bugger off

Is Stroud related to Glen Hoddle?

Re: Martin @ 9

Oh yeah, Defamation! That well known specific English tort. I bet he’ll be shitting himself when the Judge Judy summons arrives.

17. Watchman

Sunny,

“Hey Martin you troll – what does God say about pushing women and knocking them over, and then looking like a prat when the police take you away?”

I’ve just scanned a number of holy texts, and can’t find anything about that. Odd really, you’d have thought it was a major concern of most religions…

More to the point, Claire @6 brings up the excellent but misunderstood Old/New Testament point. Church interpretation of the Bible has indeed picked and chosen (from both testaments), but homosexuality has always remained on the sinful side, regardless of what Jesus himself may or may not have said (remember religion is not fixed, but an ever changing interpretation of key texts or beliefs), even with the ultramodern Anglican church. I blame Roman values myself, but the point is that Christiainty has some key shared tenants from the Old Testament which have always been agreed on, and the ban on homosexuality is one. Strangely, from the same books, the ban on eating pigs or the license to sell your daughter into slavery have both been ignored…

And before someone acuses me of being some form of believer (yes sally, I’m thinking of your uninformed rants) I should point out I am not religious, and certainly not a Christian. But if you are going to criticise Christians for expressing the teachings of their religion, go ahead. I’ll be standing with you. Just make it clear that it is about Christianity (or most religions).

18. benlemarr

One only has to read her policies on social justice or her work with the poor to see she is authentic and the allegations made against her unfounded. The stories about her demonizing the gay community is simply not true. A casual read of her background with the homeless, gay, destitute, socially extracted or otherwise is, in my opinion a bold example of selfless action. I for one fully back Philippa and wish her all the best in the future and her candidacy. We need more authentic people like her!

Watchman, yes, indeed many (most?) christian churches continue to believe that homosexuality is a sin, as is fornication in general, adultery etc. However, a lot of christian churches manage to get beyond that, and are not obsessed with people’s personal sinfulness and are rather more concerned with social justice; reducing the wealth gap, poverty, climate change etc. Ignoring (or forgiving) sins which, at the end of the day, only affect the ‘sinner’ but not the whole of society (yes, I know some do blame natural disasters on homosexuality but they’re frankly bonkers) is a good development.

I just believe that calling Christians who are not so obsessed with individuals’ sexuality are not being hypocritical, just realistic and understand that times change. You do say, “remember religion is not fixed, but an ever changing interpretation of key texts or beliefs” and that’s right. Not many churches these days demand that women cover their heads in church (or at all times?) as St Paul dictated.

“erratic spoon”? … is that in any way similar to a runcible spoon?

@20 Claire

“I just believe that calling Christians who are not so obsessed with individuals’ sexuality are not being hypocritical, just realistic and understand that times change. ”

This is OK as far as it goes, but (and it’s a pretty big but) the realism you are calling for often comes across as at best an exercise in sitting on the fence, and at worst a fig leaf for some pretty blatant and nasty discrimination.

I could frankly care less what “people of faith” believe. The issue many non-believers have is when faith positions collide with current “mores”, or the changed situation of modern, as opposed to biblical era societies.

It’s hardly surprising that Christians risk being labelled as hypocritical, or at least conflicted, if their belief system is regarded as a pick and mix buffet. I’m sure many Christians go for the “hate the sin, not the sinner” compromise (which is problematic enough in itself), but we all know that many are only too happy to hate both.

I hope this isn’t too far off-topic, but the Roman Catholic theologian James Alison is an excellent example of a gay Christian who is neither “(a) an idiot who can’t understand his own sacred texts, (b) a hypocrite [nor] (c) borderline neurotic from the cognitive dissonance”.

http://www.jamesalison.co.uk

His site is highly recommended for further reading on these issues. As it happens he’s also the son of Margaret Thatcher’s former PPS, Michael Alison, just to add some political topicality to this comment…

Anyway, I’m not having homophobic crap posted here – bugger off

You’re kicking Martin Coxall out for being…homophobic? I know he is neurotically secretive about his private life, but if you read his posts very carefully, you can sometimes read between the lines.

The Christian God has made his feelings about us poofs quite clear.

For example…

24. Flowerpower

Phillippa Stroud’s denial of the Observer’s allegations was read out on air by the BBC.

The BBC have, therefore, reported the original allegations and reported the denial.

In the absence of any further development – what more can you reasonable expect them to do?

End of.

In the absence of any further development – what more can you reasonable expect them to do?

Erm, ask her whether she set up that church and whether she did pray to save gays?

28. benlemarr

@ RW

Indeed! Necessary i feel given the torent of unfounded speculation.

29. Watchman

@27

The point I have been making in a theologically obscurist way that if she says yes to those questions, she has done nothing wrong. She has not condemned homosexuality, just prayed for those her religion (consistently, apart from a very few modern reformers, and no church I know of outside of a couple of congregations) states to be sinners. Not evil, or wrong, just sinners. She presumably also prays for the non-religious like me and many others here, which is very nice of her, if irrelevant to me.

Or do you demand that all religions immediately teach homosexuality is right and correct? I don’t have a great problem with this either, other than my mild concern about freedom of belief (nothing important you know – after all, we would all be better off thinking only approved thoughts). You are backing yourself into a totalitarian hole here, whereby your determination to prove that something has been done against homosexuals is at a level where any belief or thought that does not support homosexuality (explicitly and openly) is likely to be labelled as wrong.

A simpler question. Other than those who through confusion (or parental intolerance) went to Ms Stroud’s church to see if they could deal with their sexuality (and unsurprisingly found they couldn’t), is there any evidence that Ms Stroud has campaigned against homosexuality, said anythig homophobic or given any evidence of being discriminatory? Or is this grasping at straws, trying to use a persons own beliefs to show they believe something different and worse in order to promote a meme about the Conservative party? I am coming round to this second view, perhaps because of the shrillness of the witch hunt here, but also because the underlying accusation of homophobia has not been demonstrated (unless you are the sort of person who believes mentioning immigration is bigotted).

30. Shatterface

Is believing in an all-powerful sky-pixie who hates homosexuals really *that* much more ridiculous than believing in an all-powerful sky-pixie full stop?

Religion should be kept out of politics.

If anyone can think of a secular argument that supports their prejudices they should present that independently of any supernatural guff and we’ll debate that argument on it’s merits.

I would love to say something but I’m gagged by act of parliament it seems.

I believe this is against the human rights act and the the European convention on human rights, I will take Stroud and the Conservative party to the European court on this and win.

They will not bully me into silence.

Abi

Just another example of what it is going to be like in Camerons Jackboot, brown shirt Britain.

“WE

Pink News are now reporting this:

http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2010/05/05/exclusive-philippa-strouds-lawyers-warn-media-over-gay-cure-claims/

They too pick up on the fact that she has not refuted the specific allegations that she believes gay people to be possessed by demons and that she conducted exorcistic prayer sesssions.

(Note how benlemarr @18 turns these very specific allegations into “demonizing the gay community”.)

Just another example of what it is going to be like in Cameron’s Jackboot, brown shirt Britain.

Dissent will not be tolerated.

I wonder if this cow is paying her own legal bills or are Cameron’s Rich buddies footing the bill.

35. Flowerpower

Sunny @ 27

whether she did pray to save gays?

Is there something wrong with asking God to save gays? My Catholic friends tell me they pray for the saving of Jews. I thank them politely and promise to pray for them in return.

It’s the guys who want to kill gays and Jews I worry about.

Cheers Alix – they’ve confirmed what I was told this morning about using that specific act. Very interesting…

Please make a donation to Paul Burstow, incumbent Lib Dem MP for Sutton and Cheam, where the vile homophobic Philippa Stroud is standing:

http://www.paulburstow.org.uk/

Help Paul exorcise this particular Tory demon from the campaign!

“They too pick up on the fact that she has not refuted the specific allegations that she believes gay people to be possessed by demons and that she conducted exorcistic prayer sesssions.”

What’s new? This was in the news some years ago:

“A Vatican-backed college is launching a new course for exorcists – Roman Catholic priests who cast out evil spirits from the possessed. Lessons at the prestigious Athenaeum Pontificium Regina Apostolorum will include the history of Satanism and its context in the Bible.”
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/europe/4272689.stm

Philippa Stroud has outright denied the claims.

She has an incredible track record of working with vulnerable people. DIrector of a highly influential thinktank on social justice (note, even Labour have taken on 39 of its policies), a book written on practical care for the poor, three churches started all of which have brilliant reputations for affecting their local communities for good, hundreds of people counselled and stood by in difficult situations.

Who will you believe?

A shoddy Guardian article clobbered together by no less than three journalists, ridden with bad facts (for example, Newfrontiers is by no means ‘allied’ to the US evangelical movement. For a start, it is passionate about social justice and cares deeply about the fate of the poor!!)

Or a woman of deep integrity, an impressive (checkable!) history of caring for people, and the sensitivity not to drag people’s confidential issues into public spotlight- hence her reluctance to add to her (excellent) initial statement.

I am not a Tory, but this lady is fantastic, and the poison printed on these pages despicable. Grow up, check your facts, and stop accusing kind, generous and hardworking people of bigotry when they have spent their whole lives trumpeting causes for the most needy people in our society.

Thank you for all you do, Philippa!!

I am not a Tory

But you are heavily involved in Stroud’s current church, a little detail that you might have considered mentioning before you start throwing around questions like ‘who will you believe?’.

This is the official trailer for The Exorcist:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YDGw1MTEe9k

42. AnthonyA

siloam:
“Philippa Stroud has outright denied the claims.”

As a matter of fact, Philippa Stroud has denied absolutely nothing that was said in the Observer article. In her statement, she has chosen instead to deny accusations that no one had made against her. A transparent device to give people the _impression_ she had denied the allegations, while in reality denying nothing.

I contacted her constituency office on Monday to ask if she could confirm or deny the truth of the specific allegations that she believed homosexuality/transsexuality was caused by demonic possession and had participated in exorcisms to “drive out the demons”. I received no response. Many others have asked her the same question, and she has refused to respond.

It is tedious to have to repeat these same basic points over and over again in response to misleading posts from Philippa Stroud’s apologists. I thought honesty was meant to be a Christian virtue. Apparently not, among Stroud’s sympathisers, when political influence is at stake!

Anyone who claims that Stroud’s position on LGB is standard UK Christian thinking is an ignorant bastard, simple as. Never mind what the ‘official’ line is many churches, I’ve met many ordinary Catholics etc who are cool about LGB folks and just stick their fingers in their ears and la la when they hear some RC Bishop blathering on about it.

And let’s get real, here – this is someone who allegedly believes in DEMONIC POSSESSION – so does she believe in goblins? Hawk the Slayer? Moon people? Does she beat her children with willow twigs?

I think someone should follow her around playing Ave Satani all day (theme tune from the Omen): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3OkFLdPaoZQ

LOL HAWK THE SLAYER!

Stroud is a nutjob. Vote Lib Dem in Sutton & Cheam, put a shroud over Stroud.

I don’t know if Martin is still reading, but someone please tell him he can take the John Prescott mask off now.


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    Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  59. Jae Kay

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  60. Andy Bold

    RT @DerekJohnBryant: RT @sunny_hundal I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  61. Gordon Hodgson

    Liberal Conspiracy » Is this why the media haven’t reported on (homophobe) Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/cUh93d

  62. antonvowl

    RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  63. Natalie Catchpole

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  64. Pod Wangler

    Ah, the Tories might be playing the legal card to keep #phillippastroud out of the news. Bastards. http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  65. Laura Evans

    RT @podwangler: Ah, the Tories might be playing the legal card to keep #phillippastroud out of the news. Bastards. http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  66. Tom Ewen

    RT @sunny_hundal: @johannhari101 oi! I did that first! http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  67. Charlie Elise Duff

    RT @don_simon1977: RT @libcon Is this why the media haven’t reported on #phillippastroud? http://bit.ly/9RHbc7 <- interesting

  68. Rachael Mc

    RT @antonvowl RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  69. james adlington

    RT @libcon Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  70. HarpyMarx

    RT @msgracefh: RT @antonvowl: RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  71. Ross Haffenden

    RT @antonvowl: RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  72. Robert Campbell

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr

  73. Soran Hourami

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr #PhillippaStroud

  74. HarpyMarx

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  75. Martin Bentley

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr #ToryMediaBias

  76. Sonia Ali

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  77. Basher Savage

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  78. Jaimé Molloy

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  79. piombo

    The Philippa Shroud spreads RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down piece on Philippa Stroud. Update here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  80. Sarah Brown

    RT @StopTheRight: http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/ #phillipastroud

  81. sunny hundal

    @Glinner Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr

  82. Michael Hanley

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/9RHbc7 < the Big Society's Big Gag?

  83. Chris D'Souza

    RT @libcon Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  84. Andrew Kerr

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  85. Sim-O

    RT @libcon: Following legal advice we've taken down earlier piece on Phillipa Stroud. An update is here: http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  86. Dr Scott Davidson

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  87. Johann Hari

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  88. unslugged

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  89. Noxi

    RT @sunny_hundal: @Glinner Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr #lgbt

  90. Jack Toye

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  91. John Joseph Hopper

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  92. Anne Greensmith

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  93. Jonathan Bain

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  94. Paul Allen

    @DinahGreek A fair point, that the Observer editor needs to answer. But is scandal easier to dodge in Election season? http://bit.ly/cQRMOM

  95. we are leeds

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  96. Alex Fitch

    RT @markclapham: RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr

  97. apptme2theboard

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  98. Simon Jeff

    Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud? « Liberal Conspiracy: http://bit.ly/aDd0fx #philippastroud

  99. hypatia

    and this fantastic bit of gagging Re Stroud, 'family values' and Tradition (bugger in private pray in public) http://bit.ly/cT36ys #get2010

  100. Fake Richard Herring

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  101. Free Press Now

    RT @gtisi: Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud? « Liberal Conspiracy: http://bit.ly/aDd0fx #philippastroud

  102. Catherine Neilan

    RT @libcon Is this why the media haven’t reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  103. Kathrine Stokes

    RT @loveandgarbage: Via @benjamincohen – Philippa Stroud lawyers warn off media http://bit.ly/bXNtCB (see also @sunny_hundal at http://bit.ly/cT36ys )

  104. Rufus Hound

    @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  105. sparklecreek

    #ge2010 Interesting! Has the Representation of People’s Act 1983 been used to stifle media reports on #PhilippaStroud? http://bit.ly/cQRMOM

  106. socialworkuk

    RT @libcon: Is this why the media haven't reported on Phillipa Stroud? http://bit.ly/aKFwdr

  107. Francesca Turner

    wondering why media didnt report on #phillippastroud scandal? heres why http://bit.ly/9RHbc7 and another reason #imnotvotingconservative

  108. artist-illustrator

    RT @FranLT: wondering why media didnt report on #phillippastroud scandal? heres why http://bit.ly/9RHbc7 and another reason #imnotvotingconservative

  109. Pete Bowler

    RT @sunny_hundal: @johannhari101 oi! I did that first! http://bit.ly/9RHbc7

  110. Emily Skinner

    RT @sunny_hundal: I've done some more digging on why I think the media hasn't reported on Phillipa Stroud http://bit.ly/94mzT0

  111. Mitch Benn

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  112. Rose Darling

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  113. Al Napp

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  114. Edward Hobson

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  115. Pat Harkin

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  116. Faintdreams

    RT @RufusHound: http://bit.ly/aDd0fx

  117. Nick de Figueiredo

    RT @MitchBenn RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  118. Ionaonie

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/ (@MitchBenn)

  119. Cat Manners

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  120. Ashleigh Jade

    RT @RufusHound: @NickDoody http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  121. Miranda Andrews

    @JSlayerUK This made me sick. What's more, I've been in one of those places, and I know it's true. http://tinyurl.com/2vswmdg

  122. Gavin Buchan

    RT @alnapp: http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/ 1 rule for 1

  123. Philippa Stroud: Lawyers Send Letters, Supporters Speak Out « Bartholomew’s Notes on Religion

    […] which was used by the MP Julian Lewis against the late Simon Regan in the 1997 election campaign). Sunny Hundal suggests that this warning resulted in the story receiving less media coverage than it would […]

  124. Neil Raphael

    http://liberalconspiracy.org/2010/05/05/is-this-why-the-media-havent-reported-on-phillipa-stroud/

  125. Natacha Kennedy

    http://bit.ly/cQRMOM Did the BBC and C4 get leaned on to stop the Stroud story? #toryfail





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