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impossible123
When: 03 Sep 20 16:42
Just realised Ms Dido Harding is married to a Conservative MP who was a former minister. I'm no sexist however, if plonkers like Williamson and Jenrick can hold ministerial positions in the present government Ms Harding could be too despite her lack of proper CV; her stewardship of Talk-Talk was incredibly poor.
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elisjohn
When: 03 Sep 20 17:30
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leif
When: 03 Sep 20 17:58
Bosses in charge of the coronavirus testing system have apologised after it emerged UK labs were struggling to keep up with demand.

Some people are being asked to travel hundreds of miles to get tested.

UK labs were described as "maxed out" after a rise in demand - 170,000 tests a day are being processed, up from 100,000 in mid June.

Baroness Dido Harding, head of NHS Test and Trace in England, said she was "very sorry" for the situation.


The bint is feckin cursed LaughCrazy
By:
ImSoLuckyLucky!
When: 03 Sep 20 18:03
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By:
impossible123
When: 03 Sep 20 18:14
How can anyone allow Ms Dido Harding be in charge of Covid testing during the most unprecedented time the country has ever experienced is beyond me? She's no medical qualification or experience in the field.

Look at the mess the head honcho of WHO got himself into? Similar to Ms Dido Harding he's no medical qualification or experience either. Have this government not learned from his lack of qualification for the post? At the most unprecedented time the world has ever faced two professionally "blinded" individuals leading the "sighted" professionals.

Ms Dido Harding is not even good at management either.
By:
Lampus
When: 03 Sep 20 18:36
PM  Cummimgs  did say he wanted weirdos and those with low IQs
in charge of the Country
By:
elisjohn
When: 03 Sep 20 18:58
dildo, what the hell was she doing on this panel in the 1st place, really is a ( nothing case in the world scheme of things isnt it), while track and trace is a shambles , so how could she spend time reviewing this case
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impossible123
When: 03 Sep 20 19:38
I think it's a reverse psychology thing. We know there'll be an enquiry about the handling of Covid on the government thus appointing a non-entity with a discernible track record like Ms Harding the blame game in progress. Ms Harding is highly unsuited to the role and tasks that will be upon her in due course.
By:
mrcombustible
When: 05 Sep 20 14:46
Old boys ‘coup’ ousted Jockey Club boss Delia Bushell
Ben Ellery
Saturday September 05 2020, 12.01am, The Times
Delia Bushell resigned after an inquiry into alleged misconduct
Delia Bushell resigned after an inquiry into alleged misconduct
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It is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation, governed by royal charter and with the Queen as its patron.

So when the Jockey Club’s newly appointed chief executive resigned after a senior executive lodged complaints of gross misconduct it rocked the sport.


Baroness Harding was involved in the process
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An investigation by The Times into the departure of Delia Bushell, 48, the high-flying former Sky and BT executive, has uncovered allegations that her ousting was part of an “old boys’ coup”, with a network of connections between the club and leading political figures.

The complaints against Ms Bushell were made against a background of petitioning by a small but determined group of “backbench” members who were upset at what they perceived as her “sharp manner”.

A source said: “There is a feeling that this had been planned for months by senior members of the club who did not agree with her being the new broom.”


It is the latest revelation in the saga surrounding the departure of Ms Bushell a year into the job after taking over from Simon Bazalgette.

In her resignation letter last week Ms Bushell said she was the victim of a “deeply unpleasant stitch-up” over what she claimed was a flawed disciplinary process, which accused her of bullying, racism and sharing inappropriate material.

The Times can reveal Baroness Harding of Winscombe, the Conservative peer heading the NHS Test and Trace programme, was present during the online meeting when Ms Bushell was told the results of the inquiry into her conduct.

The intervention by a key political figure is by no means the club’s only connection with leading members of the Tory party. The Times has established that it commissioned Tulchan Communications to oversee the PR for Ms Bushell’s departure.

Lord Feldman of Elstree, the party’s former chairman described by the Financial Times as “David Cameron’s oldest political friend”, is a managing partner at the company and worked personally on the case.

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He helped draft a press response to the letter, which said that the inquiry had found evidence of “bullying behaviour towards colleagues, inappropriate racist comments and sharing offensive materials”.

Ms Bushell was appointed through the headhunting firm SRI Executive in September. A page on the company’s site, since deleted, trumpeting the announcement, said: “Just like a champion hurdler, she thrives on overcoming new obstacles.”

At the time, Sandy Dudgeon, the club’s senior steward — effectively the chairman — praised Ms Bushell’s experience “at the top of media, sport, technology and business management”.

The club owns more than a dozen racecourses, including Aintree, employs 650 people and in 2018 made operating profits of £48 million, which went back into the sport.

The Jockey Club is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation
The Jockey Club is horse racing’s most esteemed organisation
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Ms Bushell had been given the position over Nevin Truesdale, a board member and the chief financial officer, who was made acting chief executive after her departure.

It is understood that not long after her appointment, a small group from the club’s 168 elected members shared concerns with Mr Dudgeon and his deputy Julia Budd about Ms Bushell.

A source said: “The word that kept being used about her was ‘belittling’. Her manner was felt to be ‘sharp’ and there were claims that some of her staff were close to a nervous breakdown.

“But she could perhaps rightly argue that she had been brought in to shake things up and people who were affected by her modernisation were bound to feel their noses were out of joint.”

Mr Dudgeon and Ms Budd dismissed these claims and a source said that with Ms Bushell gone, the pair, who had previously enjoyed good reputations among members, felt “vulnerable”.

Rancour towards Ms Bushell was further heightened during the negotiations with ITV over the rights to screen races at courses owned by the club.

When she took over the deal was “all but done”, but Ms Bushell, who had been hired because of her experience overseeing BT’s £1 billion TV and sport division, decided the club should approach other broadcasters.

The decision infuriated executives at ITV and members of the club who were anxious about souring relations with the broadcaster.

ITV sent a legal letter to racing chiefs and withheld a quarterly payment shortly after meetings were suspended because of the pandemic.

The situation was resolved after Ms Bushell resigned from the Racecourse Media Group, which handles TV rights negotiations on behalf of venue owners, in May and a deal with ITV was subsequently struck, on improved terms to the previous deal with the broadcaster.

Not long afterwards a complaint was made.

Jack Mitchell, a barrister specialising in employment law, was brought in to oversee an inquiry and interviewed 19 witnesses, including Ms Bushell.

On August 23 he submitted his report to the sub-committee, including Lady Harding and found six of the 22 allegations were upheld. The following day Ms Budd and Lady Harding revealed the result of the inquiry to Ms Bushell.

The club had been in discussions with Ms Bushell planning her exit but the following Sunday she wrote her resignation letter alleging “collusion by a number of male witnesses, all senior executives in the Jockey Club”.

Ms Bushell declined to comment.

In a statement, the club said: “Following the conclusion of a thorough and independent review into the behaviours of Delia Bushell and her treatment of colleagues it was clear that she could not continue in her role of CEO and the board accepted her resignation.

“The Jockey Club is certain that the decisions reached were done so fairly and properly, and based on evidence. Serious allegations were made against Delia and her behaviour which The Jockey Club Board felt were sufficiently serious to warrant an independent investigation into the matters raised.”

Tulchan Communications declined to comment.

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elisjohn
When: 15 Sep 20 07:18
dildo  making a right mess of her latest isnt sheCry
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