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David Yelland Explains Why The Sun Ignored the LibDems

by | 23rd, April 2010

FORMER Sun editor David Yelland explains why he – “a founder of the SDP” – and others on Rupert Murdoch’s payroll ignored the Liberal Democrats:

Make no mistake, if the Liberal Democrats actually won the election – or held the balance of power – it would be the first time in decades that Murdoch was locked out of British politics. In so many ways, a vote for the Lib Dems is a vote against Murdoch and the media elite.

I can say this with some authority because in my five years editing the Sun I did not once meet a Lib Dem leader, even though I met Tony Blair, William Hague and Iain Duncan Smith on countless occasions. (Full disclosure: I have since met Nick Clegg.)

I remember in my first year asking if we staffed the Liberal Democrat conference. I was interested because as a student I’d been a founder member of the SDP. I was told we did not. We did not send a single reporter for fear of encouraging them.

They are now encouraged…

Posted: 23rd, April 2010 | In: Politicians Comment | TrackBack | Permalink