Former prime minister Gordon Brown has added his tribute to BBC broadcaster John Cole, who has died at the age of 85 after a long illness.
The statement from Mr Brown said: "John Cole was the soft-spoken giant of journalism whose friendly manner and unimpeachable integrity allowed him to ask the difficult questions that got to the heart of an issue.
"Respected by all, he leaves a great legacy of writing and commentating which will serve the test of time."
Gordon Brown has refused to answer questions over revelations made by his former spin doctor Damian McBride.
Mr Brown was at an event to unveil a UN-backed initiative on educating children displaced in Syria’s civil war when he was repeatedly asked by a Telegraph journalist if he condoned Mr McBride's actions which have been revealed as his new memoir has been serialised in the Daily Mail.
However the former Prime Minister appeared to completely ignore all questions regarding Mr McBride.
Damian McBride has returned to this conference a little bit like a bad smell.
I should say for the record that I never did any business with Damian McBride because I thought that his way of doing things was very very toxic right from the start.
I think there are certainly people who have questions to answer about it not least Gordon himself, who employed him for such a long time. Is it really fair to lay all of that at Ed Balls and Ed Milibands door?
I'm not sure, but what I would say with reasonable confidence is that I don't think that is going to change the atmosphere around them now.
Former director of communications at Number 10 Alastair Campbell has told ITV's Daybreak that his "anger" with Damian McBride has nothing to do with his new book "which will be forgotten in no time" but by his "utterly despicable behaviour" while in government.
Shadow home secretary Yvette Cooper has accused Gordon Brown's former aide Damian McBride of being "out of control".
Cooper, whose husband Ed Balls was a key Brownite, told Sky News' Murnaghan programme: "I think this is ... about a kind of politics that really is appalling, that we should never go back to.
"It is something that happened some years ago, but I think it's a sign of how much the Labour Party has changed, the very different climate, the very different way in which Ed Miliband is managing things and operating things now, that's a good thing.
"We don't want to go back to the navel gazing of the past."
Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair's former spin doctor, has accused Damian McBride of breaking the law by leaking the content of confidential documents from government computers, raising the possibility of a police investigation, according to the Sunday Times (£).
Mr Campbell branded McBride, who was Gordon Brown’s spin doctor, a “shyster” and said he “has admitted not just to venality but criminality”.
Mr Campbell said: “I think the other thing that people should be aware of is he [McBride] has admitted to criminal offences in this,”