Last night Labour MP Cathy Jamieson should have been elected unopposed to the DCMS Select Committee, replacing the recently deceased David Cairns ahead of today’s showdown with Rebekah Brooks and the Murdochs. And yet Tory MP Nick De Bois decided to shout “object”, which meant that Jamieson has yet to be elected to the committee, and won’t be able to question the News International trio today.
Paul Waugh suggests that this was tit-for-tat after Labour MPs tried to keep David Laws off another committee, but it’s surprisingly that the Tories are willing to play procedural politics with this issue.
Co-incidentally, Jamieson is a former Scottish justice minister, and has extensive knowledge of the Tommy Sheridan case, which (it has been alleged) may be “unsafe” thanks to hacking.
But De Bois didn’t know that though…surely?