I've just heard that the Telegraph's political reporter Brendan Carlin has been headhunted by the Mail on Sunday, where he will join Simon Walters and Jonathan Oliver on the political team. Jason Lewis moves to be MoS Security Correspondent and Simon Walters is promoted to Assistant Editor, replacing the redoubtable Peter Dobbie who recently retired. Walters remains Pol Ed too.
Brendan will fit into the MoS team like a glove. He loves the personality, gossipy side of politics so it's fairly safe to say that the Black Dog political gossip column will shift up a gear. Like Walters, he's a story-getter, not just a reporter. And I know to my cost that he has a great knack of wheedling something out of you without you realising he's done it.