The frontrunner to become head of the BBC ‘s news channels has previously hit out at Boris Johnson , Brexit and Britain’s imperial past in now-deleted tweets, it was revealed today.
Jess Brammar, who is vying to become the broadcaster’s executive news editor, has launched a series of Left-wing attacks on Twitter in recent years.
Her deleted tweets included comparing Brexit to a bad comedy, demanding a ‘fight for a properly funded NHS’ and claiming ‘black Brits’ were ‘considering leaving the UK’ because of racism and if Boris Johnson won the 2019 general election.
Ms Brammar has been in a relationship with The Guardian’s media editor Jim Waterson since 2017 when they were named as one of Westminster’s power couples and they live together in South London with their young child.
Last month her journalist partner, whose left-wing newspaper broke the news about the row over his partner’s potential BBC appointment in a story framed as outrageous government interference, encouraged ‘anyone remotely in the public eye to just delete all their old tweets’.
Mr Waterson spoke out after England cricketer Ollie Robinson was suspended over a series of historical racist and sexist tweets – and it appears Ms Brammar took that advice, reportedly deleting more than 90,000 tweets dating back to 2009.
Guido Fawkes, who revealed that Ms Brammar was a public supporter of BLM and the leading candidate to become head of BBC News, tweeted: ‘Why would a prolific tweeter like @jessbrammar delete 12 years of tweets with all her insights on Brexit, Boris and current affairs? We now only have 30 days of anodyne tweets with barely a mention of politics. Fancy that’.
Ms Brammar’s posts, which have recently resurfaced, have reignited a recruitment row over concerns among board members about her apparent bias. She has stayed silent on the row.
Earlier this month, Sir Robbie Gibb, who was former Tory PM Theresa May ‘s communications chief and now sits on the BBC board, is said to have intervened to block Miss Brammar from the role.
It is claimed he feared appointing ex-HuffPost UK editor to oversee the global and domestic news channels would damage trust with the Government.
Jess Brammar, who is vying to become the broadcaster’s executive news editor, has launched a series of Left-wing attacks on Twitter in recent years, The Telegraph said
More than 16,000 of Miss Brammar’s previous tweets have been deleted from Twitter, the Daily Telegraph said.
Some of Jess Brammar’s now-deleted tweets
Dec 2, 2019: ‘Whether you watched Boris Johnson’s interview yesterday or not, here are five things the Prime Minister said that aren’t true…’
Dec 10, 2019: ‘This piece on black Brits genuinely considering leaving the UK because of the level of racism, particularly if Boris Johnson wins, is really shocking… it won’t be a surprise to people who live this reality every day, and in admitting my shock I show my ignorance as a white woman.’
April 23, 2019: ‘Brexit: like Better Call Saul but less funny or interesting or enjoyable.’
But a source close to her claimed they are automatically removed after a month – in a practice that pre-dates her application for the BBC position.
However, some of her old posts have re-emerged in recent days with many remaining visible on third-party websites.
In December 2019, in a tweet about a BBC interview with Mr Johnson, Miss Brammar listed ‘five things the Prime Minister said that aren’t true’ and in February urged people to ‘fight for a properly funded NHS’.
Also in December that year she referred to an article by a colleague which said ‘black Brits’ were ‘genuinely considering leaving the UK because of the level of racism, particularly if Boris Johnson wins’.
Miss Brammar, who was previously deputy editor of Newsnight on BBC Two, then added that: ‘It won’t be a surprise to people who live this reality every day, and in admitting my shock I show my ignorance as a white woman.’
In April 2019, Ms Brammar tweeted that Brexit was like the Netflix drama Better Call Saul, about a shady lawyer, ‘but less funny or interesting or enjoyable’.
And, in January, Ms Brammar recommended a book by Sathnam Sanghera about British imperialism ‘to p*** off all the racists having a go at him’.
Despite her previous posts, Miss Brammar would be expected to uphold the BBC’s strict rules on impartiality should she be confirmed for the role.
But the intervention of Sir Robbie, who previously held senior BBC roles, earlier this month has reportedly already stalled the appointment.
The posts, which have recently resurfaced, have reignited a recruitment row over concerns among BBC board members about her apparent bias
He reportedly raised concerns about the way Miss Brammar handled a row with Treasury Minister Kemi Badenoch when she was UK editor of HuffPost.
A senior BBC News source recently told the Mail: ‘It’s a very unwelcome intervention – totally inappropriate and damaging.’
They claimed Miss Brammar was ‘still in play’ for the job. Labour has written to BBC bosses demanding Sir Robbie’s resignation.
Deputy party leader Angela Rayner wrote: ‘Putting pressure on the recruitment process of staff is entirely outside of the remit of the board and a total abuse of position.’ On Twitter she attacked ‘Tory cronyism at the heart of the BBC’.
However, a BBC spokesman stressed no process had been blocked, adding: ‘It is essential that board members can debate and discuss issues. They have an absolute right to do so. What individual board members can’t do is make decisions which are for the executive.’
Tory MP Julian Knight, chairman of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, described the row as a ‘storm in a teacup’.
He said Sir Robbie, the brother of Conservative MP Nick Gibb, was ‘doing his job’ in letting the BBC know ‘where it should think politically in terms of what it does’.
He accused Labour of ‘politicising’ the situation.
MailOnline has contacted the BBC and Miss Brammar for comment.