"Every morning at nine, Mr Cameron meets key aides and shadow ministers including William Hague, Michael Gove and George Osborne. Mr Davis has always been put out that he is not invited."
Those two sentences appeared in yesterday’s Telegraph, from Robert Winnett. Quite damaging on the face of it but not true. We happen to know that David Davis attended the morning meeting as often as George Osborne. When David Cameron and William Hague are both away David Davis actually chaired the meeting.
Not content with getting it wrong once the Telegraph’s Political Editor Andy Porter repeats the idea again this morning:
"Davis was irked that despite his seniority, he was rarely asked to attend the Tories’ regular 9am strategy meetings. Instead, the close cabal is made up of George Osborne, Michael Gove and William Hague; chiefs of staff Ed Llewellyn and Catherine Fall; and communications chief Andy Coulson. Steve Hilton, the Svengali figure credited with rebranding the Tories, used to attend, but recently his appearances have been limited, as he prepares to move to California."
The Telegraph would be on stronger ground if it wrote about the closeness of David Cameron and George Osborne, for example. (Only natural given Mr Osborne’s chairmanship of Cameron’s leadership bid). They didn’t do that but have made very specific and more troubling accusations about David Davis being sidelined from this key meeting. We know that The Telegraph is not writing the truth. We can’t believe that CCHQ hasn’t told The Telegraph that it’s untrue. Why The Telegraph persists in writing it is the real question.
10am, Sunday 15th June: David Davis, interviewed by Andrew Marr, confirmed that he did attend the 9.15am strategy meeting.
3pm, Sunday: Andrew Porter has now blogged on these morning meetings.