A spy who attended a party in the home of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, who has recently rejoined the fold as head of News UK, says it was quite the shindig. The occasion was a 50th birthday party for one of Brooks’ friends, and she was presented with a cake shaped like a fox — because her social set all love fox-hunting, of course. Other notes from our nosey tipster: she has a room with an entire wall of CCTV cameras, absolutely everything was beige, and she has a set of mugs that say: “I’d rather be at the Old Bailey”. The Old Bailey is significant for Brooks, of course, because it’s where she was last year cleared of charges relating to phone hacking and bribery during her time at News of the World. Making the mugs quite a conversation-starter, one would imagine …

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