The New Statesman's publisher is our MP for Coventry North-West, Geoffrey Robinson, one of Brown's oldest friends:
[Charlie] Whelan duly gave Thorpe and listening hacks a rambling monologue in which he insisted her husband and the father of her two children should be fired. "I'm no fan of Livingstone, but Martin Bright should not be political editor after what he did," he said. "I'm going to talk to Geoffrey ... He can't allow criticism of Gordon. If Geoffrey's got any sense, he’ll listen."