CLARE Short was left isolated in the Labour Party yesterday as her fellow MPs lined up to denounce her at a meeting where they discussed what disciplinary action to take.
ODD one out round: Princess Diana, Peter Mandelson, Arthur Scargill, Kofi Annan. The answer, of course, is Clare Short.
THE collapse of the trial of GCHQ ‘whistle-blower’ Katharine Gun was caused by a tip-off to her defence team from within Tony Blair’s government, it was claimed last night.
THE admission from the Crown Prosecution Service, delivered by ashen-faced lawyer Mark Ellison, was a relief, but no surprise. "There is no longer sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction," the senior Treasury counsel said, in a belated acknowledgement of the realities of the case against Katharine Gun.
CLARE SHORT was battling against a Labour backlash today over her claims British agents bugged United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan in the run-up to the Iraq war.
CLARE Short has been a thorn in Tony Blair’s side both in and out of the Cabinet.
"ANYONE who turns up to negotiate with the British government expects to get bugged," was the comment of a retired senior diplomat yesterday. "And we expect they will try to bug us."
KOFI Annan performs a political juggling act as the secretary general of the United Nations, balancing the interests of the richest and most powerful nations with the concerns of the developing world.