James Forsyth

Draper apologises but won’t quit LabourList

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In a post on LabourList, Derek Draper writes:

“So I am sorry. I am particularly sorry to the individuals mentioned in those juvenile emails, and especially sorry to Nadine Dorries, George and Frances Osborne and David and Samantha Cameron. I can understand why they – and others – may be sceptical but all I can do is absolutely promise that these stories were just daft ideas that never – and would never have - got off the drawing board.”

Draper’s response to McBride’s email—‘ These are absolutely totally brilliant Damian. I'll think about timing and sort out the technology with Andrew this week so we can go asap.'—calls the second half of his statement into question to put it mildly.

It is also clear that Draper won’t quit his position at LabourList. He says, “I rededicate myself to that 100%”. But it is highly doubtful whether LabourList can be an asset to the Labour party following this episode.

PS This story is of obvious interest to us as hacks. But you Coffee Housers should let us know when we begin to bore you by going on about it. If you want us to move onto other issues, do let us know.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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