12. British journalism's greatest ever scoops: The Jeremy Thorpe scandal (Daily Mirror, Lino ‘Dan’ Ferrari, Richard Stott and others, 1978)

Despite denials and threats, the Mirror team revealed the then Liberal leader’s liaisons with rent-boy Norman Scott and the apparent bungled use of a hitman, who shot Scott’s dog.

Lino Ferrari’s son Nick (the LBC radio host) told Press Gazette: “By a bizarre twist, Scott was a surprise guest at my 16th birthday as Dad had to hide him somewhere!  He was the star of the night!”

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