Just waiting for the details – but this one sounds deliciously funny.

“Well the prime minister will once again want to focus on the big issue that George Osborne the shadow chancellor talked about, the deficit…” (In the context of talking about David Cameron).

It’s awkward given the culture minister Ben Bradshaw criticised the Beeb only a few hours ago for alleged bias:

Mr Bradshaw criticised “fawning” coverage of the party’s conference after shadow chancellor George Osborne was quizzed on Radio 4′s flagship news show.

“Another wholly feeble and biased Today programme rounded off with a fawning interview with a Tory pundit!’” he wrote on social networking site Twitter.

The other twist to the story is that Chris Grayling (shadow home secretary) had his own similar embarrassment earlier today when he said that hiring General Richard Dannatt seemed like a political gimmick.

“I hope that this isn’t a political gimmick. We’ve seen too many appointments in this Government of external people where it’s all been about Gordon Brown’s PR,” Grayling told the BBC.

He hadn’t realised that it was a Tory – not a Labour – appointment. Paul Waugh has more details.

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