Iain Dale, the publisher of Gordon Brown spin Damian McBride's memoirs and political blogger, has received a police caution after admitting common assault over a scuffle with a protester during a live television interview in Brighton.
I want to apologise and say sorry to Stuart Holmes, who is a passionate campaigner and well known to everyone who attends party conferences and was perfectly entitled to do as he did on Tuesday in trying to get attention for his causes.
It was totally out of character for me to react to him in the way I did.
I also want to apologise for the blogpost I wrote after the incident.
It was full of absurd bravado and in the heat of the moment I behaved in a frankly idiotic way.
In addition, having accepted my guilt, I feel I should make some sort of reparation to Mr Holmes.
I will pay for a new placard for him and also make a donation to a charity of his choice.
Iain Dale, the publisher of former spin doctor Damian McBride, has received a police caution after admitting common assault over a scuffle with a protester during a live television interview in Brighton, Sussex Police said.
The publisher of Damian McBride's memoirs is facing questions from police after tussling with a protester as the former spin doctor gave a live television interview.
Iain Dale, of Biteback Publishing, scuffled with Stuart Holmes on Brighton seafront as he tried to get the veteran campaigner's anti-nuclear banner out of shot.
Sussex Police said this evening it was "seeking to interview a man in connection with an assault".
Mr Dale, writing on his blog, said the protester - a familiar face to conference-goers for 30 years - was an "idiot" and said he had only done "what any self-respecting publisher would do" by stepping in.