Bob Edwards

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The only man to have been fired twice as editor of the Daily Express, despite being Lord Beaverbrook's favourite, has died aged 86.

David Hardy recalls: Bob Edwards was a strange cove. I remember when John Lennon was shot. Edwards was not too sympathetic and the coverage upset a few Sunday Mirror readers.

There was some sort of office drinks do and Tim Minogue was in a group chatting to the editor. Someone, possibly Minogue, mentioned the reader backlash.

Edwards snarled back: 'Backlash? What fucking backlash? There were no complaints from the readers. Sheridan! (his hapless PA) Show these bastards the letters file, there were no fucking letters, I expect a bit of loyalty from my staff and if you don't like it you can fuck off – in  fact I wish you would.'

Brief pause 'and she was on that fucking train!'

DRONE EXCLUSIVE

Hilarious account of Bob's visit to Manchester

Telegraph Obituary

Bob's scrapes, by Roy Greenslade

Ian Aitken's tribute in the Guardian

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