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More Fabricant gold:

“Just spotted Vince Cable in Eastleigh looking like a war criminal with hat pulled over face”

WATCH: Gove's Priestly Eastleigh Feast

When he hasn’t been tweeting about, er, “suck jobs”, Michael Fabricant has been ribbing Michael Gove about his previous career down in Eastleigh today. Gove played a priest in 1995 comedy A Feast At Midnight. Blair used to be an actor too…

Great Questions of Our Time

The vice chairman of the Conservative Party, ladies and gentlemen:

Things are busy in Eastleigh then…

Peter Rippon's New Job

ripponPeter Rippon, he of ill-fated Newsnight blog fame, has finally been given a new job at the Beeb. Rippon will be in charge of developing the BBC’s online archive, hoping to make 80 years of Beeb history available to the public. There may be one person missing…

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Dave Wades In to Beeb Spat "You're Not the Most Important Thing In This By-Election"

The BBC hit straight back against this morning’s claim from the Tories that they had behaved disingenuously, briefing that they invited Maria Hutchings to the 5Live hustings as far back as last Wednesday. CCHQ sources are citing security reasons as an excuse for the confusion. They aren’t taking it lightly, Damian Green has just told Sky that “the BBC can be a bit self-important”, and a “jolly cross” Dave has berated the Beeb’s man on the ground, saying his bosses had “behaved badly and stupidly”.

Rather awkwardly, it appears there would have been time for Hutchings to do the debate and still be able to meet the PM…

H/T @MichaelPDeacon

UPDATE: Here is what Dave had to say:

“I think the BBC has behaved badly and stupidly over this from everything I’ve heard about it. My understanding is that we were discussing with you for ages beforehand about the timing of the hustings and the fact that Maria wanted to be with me for this meeting. This is a totally got up thing by the BBC. You know you’re not the most important thing in this by-election – the candidates are.”

Not the voters then…

McAlpine Statement: Sights Trained on Sally

Lord McAlpine says he will drop action against any tweeters with less than 500 followers. His lawyers will be focusing on one high-profile social media junkie:

“Whilst I reached a settlement last year with both the BBC and ITV, I would like to now draw this unfortunate episode, forced into my life, to a close. 

I have dropped all claims against those tweeters with less than 500 followers, in return for a very modest donation to BBC Children In Need, which funds 2,600 projects supporting disadvantaged children and young people in the UK.

I have requested that my lawyers, RMPI LLP, focus on the action against Sally Bercow and that damages arising from this are donated to a charity of her choice. I am not intending to make any further comment on this matter.”

He’s not backing down…

Get all the latest media movements as Sky poach the Telegraph’s news editor.

Over on MediaGuido

Media Movements: Sky Poach Telegraph News Editor

Quite a coup for Sky News: they have poached Telegraph news editor Matthew Bayley. He will be heading up Sky’s specialist journalism team.

A key player in the 2008 expenses investigation, he will be a loss…

Dave Does Funny One Direction Downing Street Video Out

Less cringe-worthy than the Blair’s “am I bovvered”

Arf Maria

The Tories are not happy with the BBC over the Maria Hutchings hustings no show. Kicking back, CCHQ say they made clear to the Beeb they were happy for Hutchings to take part in a live hustings, so long as it didn’t clash with Dave’s visit to Eastleigh today. Despite that last night 5Live briefed that Hutchings had said no and that they would empty-chair her. A particularly irate Tory source insists: “The BBC are being disingenuous, they are wilfully misleading listeners. We’re not quite sure how this fits with their code of integrity”. There is even talk of an official complaint. Either way, that doesn’t change the fact that their candidate was the only one missing this morning…

UPDATE:

Hutchings Hustings No Show

5Live are empty-chairing Maria Hutchings after she bottled this morning’s hustings. Quite how that works on radio we will find out. Unsurprisingly the LibDems are jumping on her no show, Tim Farron is crowing that the Tory machine have kept her away and party HQ has come up with a mildly amusing missing poster.

Meanwhile their own candidate Mike “Perhaps I’m a bit dull” Thornton has admitted he won’t give up his council seat if he becomes MP. Hardly brimming with confidence then. If only the Tory candidate was there to ask him about it…

UPDATE: George Hollingbery is stepping in for Hutchings.

WATCH: Galloway Storms Out of Debate With Israeli

Third year Oxford PPE student and Israeli citizen Eylon Aslan-Levy saw Galloway’s true colours last night. He stormed out of the debate at Christ Church College on the grounds that his opponent was an Israeli. “Respect…”



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