Bad news buried during select committee briefings


By Mark Ferguson / @markfergusonuk

While we were all watching the Murdoch’s select committee appearance this afternoon – and the actions of a pie-tossing fool – there was a significant volume of bad news being buried by the government.

So far, we’ve spotted:

£1 billion of NHS services are to be offered up to competition, including provision of children’s wheelchairs

– The Yates/LLewellyn emails (already covered by Guido Fawkes), which suggests a desperation from No.10 not to avoid having the PM briefed

– Sandwell’s BSF projects (which made Tom Watson react like this) were cancelled during the phone hacking questions

– And a law on business rates has been changed that will hurt poorer councils.

Update: And the BBC are reporting that Neil Wallis may have “informally” worked with Andy Coulson while he was at CCHQ, pulling the government further into the crisis.

If you’ve seen any further examples, then email us – or use #buryingbadnews on Twitter.

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