Leveson report to be published next Thursday

The inquiry's report into the "culture, practices and ethics" of the press will be released at 1:30pm on 29 November.

The Leveson inquiry has announced that its report into the "culture, practices and ethics" of the press will be published next Thursday (29 November). Lord Justice Leveson will make a short "on-camera statement" at 1.30pm at the QEII Conference Centre in London but will not take questions.

The Commons is expected to debate the report's conclusions on 3 December.

Lord Justice Leveson at the launch of his inquiry into the press earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images.
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Tim Farron is being unfairly maligned for inviting us to smell his spaniel

The truth behind “smell my spaniel”.

Out on the campaign trail in Cambridge, the Lib Dem leader Tim Farron was caught inexplicably inviting voters to “smell my spaniel”.

Here is the shock footage:

“Smell my spaniel, maybe, maybe… oh, how are you? Good to see you!” he said, while the top political journalists of the nation scratched their heads. “A new Lib Dem slogan?” asked the BBC. The “catchphrase of the general election” declared the Telegraph. A new, surprisingly progressive “theological pronouncement”, was this mole’s first thought.

And he has, of course, been ridiculed online:

But no.

Look closer.

What’s going on is clear. Farron is not inviting voters to sniff his spaniel at all; he is addressing a dog. One of the activists in the huddle he is speaking to is holding a little dog wearing a Liberal Democrat rosette:

And here is said dog with Farron:

Farron is clearly being sniffed by the dog, because he is carrying the smell of his own dog, Jasper the spaniel.

Was Farron actually commenting that the little Lib Dem pooch was sniffing its party leader because he smelt like another dog? In these uncertain times of fake news and eroding trust, let’s get our spaniel sniffing story straight.

I'm a mole, innit.

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