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Guardian's Polly Toynbee banned from writing for mag

Guardian columnist Polly Toynbee has been banned by editor Alan Rusbridger from writing for a magazine which is said to compete with the paper’s profitable Society section.

According to the Press Gazette, Toynbee failed to ask permission to write a column for Third Sector, a Haymarket publication for charities and the voluntary sector.

Third Sector and the Guardian’s advertising-rich supplement both come out on Wednesdays.

Toynbee’s new column was only announced by Third Sector editor Peter Cardy on July 12. He said then: “Polly is already established as an outstanding commentator on the voluntary sector, with a rare ability to place its concerns in the wider context of politics and social policy.”

Yesterday, he told the Press Gazette: “I’m disappointed, particularly for our readers — people are very defensive about their own territories these days.”

Other Guardian people write regularly for other publications, so there would seem to be some particular sensitivity over Third Sector.

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