by Stephen Tall on April 25, 2012
Amid all the questions floating round yesterday following the extraordinary revelations exposed by the Leveson inquiry, was this intriguing one: who was the ‘Lib Dem MP’ referred to by Frederic Michel, News Corp’s director of public affairs (Europe), lined-up to lobby Vince Cable in favour of the company’s takeover of BSkyB?
It’s a question posed today by Left Foot Forward, but which appears to have been answered yesterday by PoliticsHome.com’s Paul Waugh:
Mystery solved re Scots Lib Dem in Leveson email? Maybe misprint, not MP but (ex) MSP Jim Tolson. Ex Sky, constit Sky jobs.
— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) April 24, 2012
That said, if it really was Jim Tolson being referred to, I assume his relations must have improved since 2005 — according to his Wikipedia profile that was the year
Tolson won a case against Sky at an employment tribunal seeking more time off to carry out council duties.