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The BBC admits it coordinated live resignation of Labour shadow minister

The BBC coordinated the live on-air resignation of shadow cabinet member Stephen Doughty in advance. This was revealed by Andrew Alexander, an output editor for the Daily and Sunday Politics series, in a post on the BBC Academy website. The post has now been conveniently deleted. However, a cached version is available here – for now. It reads: Just before 9am we learned from Laura Kuenssberg, who comes on the programme every Wednesday ahead of PMQs, that she was speaking to one junior shadow minister who was considering resigning. I wonder, mused our presenter Andrew Neil, if they would consider doing it live on the show? A public resignation right before PMQs would do the most damage to Jeremy Corbyn, as was acknowledged a high profile supporting twitter account.
Not sure its job of @bbclaurak 2 assist disgruntled ShadCab members attempt to inflict max damage upon party leader: https://t.co/6OV4H0EjA8 — JeremyCorbyn4PM (@JeremyCorbyn4PM) January 7, 2016 Alexander also admits the BBC jou…

At least 231 children abused at Catholic boys’ choir run by Pope Benedict’s brother

AT LEAST 231 children at a famous Catholic boys’ choir in Germany were victims of physical abuse, a lawyer commissioned to investigate the scandal said today. The Domspatzen, a 1,000-year-old choir in Regensburg, Bavaria, was dragged into the massive sexual abuse scandal plaguing the Catholic Church in 2010 when allegations of assaults that took place several decades ago went public. The choir was run by Pope Benedict’s elder brother, Georg Ratzinger, from 1964 to 1994 when most of the claimed abuses took place. Ratzinger has said that the alleged sexual abuse was “never discussed” in the time that he ran the choir attached to the boarding school. Lawyer Ulrich Weber, who had been commissioned by the diocese to look into the cases, said at a press conference today that his research, which included 70 interviews with victims, uncovered abuse that took place from 1945 to the early 1990s. “I have here 231 reports of physical abuse,” he said, announcing a figure far higher than had previously …

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