Questioned repeatedly he disowned Dolly, he denied Dolly headed up Labour’s online operation. Byrne denied he had any official role in Labour.
So why did they launch LabourList in Labour HQ with Peter Mandelson and Dougie Alexander in attendance? Why did Gordon Brown invite Derek Draper to Chequers? What did they discuss – Strictly Come Dancing?
UPDATE : Alastair Campbell has just disowned McBride and Draper, with a nothing to do with me guv dismissal: “I barely know Mr McBride. I was vaguely aware of him being around the Treasury when I was in Number 10, and vaguely aware that he was closer to the Charlie Whelan school of strategic communications than my own. (I’m aware we tend to get lumped together in some sections, but I know the differences, even if they don’t.)”
UPDATE II : Clarke has just called for Draper and Whelan to consider their position. His was the voice that put the final nail in the coffin for McBride. He obviously hasn’t finished with that hammer…