Asked by a member of the audience whether the Commons authorities would consider admitting political bloggers to the Lobby, Brogan replied: "They've been very reluctant to start issuing passes to new media outlets. "There's an ongoing conversation whether the House of Commons authorities start issuing media passes to bloggers. That remains unresolved - it's causing a huge headache.
I would love to know who makes up this torrent of bloggers who are demanding lobby passes. I think Guido thought about it at one stage, but today he makes clear he doesn't want one as he feels it would compromise him. I certainly don't need one to do what I do, and frankly I can't see who else would, with the possible exception of Dizzy, who specialises in trawling through Hansard and parliamentary papers - but he can do all that online anyway.
Perhaps Ben will explain on his blog why this headache exists, because I'm not sure I can see the cause of it. I suspect it is a problem created in the minds of some lobby journalists (and I don't mean Ben) who continue to view bloggers as a threat to their cosy little cartel. So they have created an Aunt Sally with the express intention of knocking her down to size. Or am I being cynical?
UPDATE: Mike Smithson of PoliticalBetting explains why he wants a lobby pass HERE.
UPDATE: A commenter has left this comment: "I was at the LSE event at which Ben Brogan spoke on Tuesday... what the Press Gazzette report doesn't mention (and I guess you are unaware of) is that Ben specifically mentioed you as being 'particualrly keen'(or words to that effect) to get a lobby pass."
I am rather surprised that Ben should say this as I have never given any indication that I wanted a lobby pass, and I still don't! I have emailed to ask him how he got the impression I did.
UPDATE: Ben says he doesn't recall saying that I did in such specific terms. Anyway, I cleared up any possible misunderstanding and made clear that I have never wanted a lobby pass, do not want one now, and never will! End of.