Political veteran is set to go multimedia

The Daily Telegraph’s veteran political editor George Jones, who was unceremoniously shown the door a few months ago after 21 years in the political hot seat, is to leave the paper at the end of this month.

But Jones won’t be tearing out his hair or resorting to pulling up weeds at his Clapham garden. Instead, I hear, he will still be in the Westminster corridors and is joining the Press Association as a special correspondent, taking charge of itsmultimedia operations.

The upheaval of the Telegraph’s lobby team at Westminster ‒ Jones is being replaced by Andrew Porter ‒ comes amid rumours that the Telegraph has been cosying up to Gordon Brown and his team in recent months.

“The trouble with the Telegraph political lot,” says my man, “is that there were too many Tories and Will Lewis wanted a change. Also, Simon Heffer spends his time criticising Dave and the Tories, so that didn’t help.”

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