Iain Dale, the publisher of Gordon Brown spin Damian McBride's memoirs and political blogger, has accepted a police caution for assaulting a protester as Mr McBride was being interviewed by Daybreak.
In a statement on his site, he has apologised for his actions:
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.
Sussex Police say they have questioned a man, believed to be Damian McBride's book publisher Iain Dale, over an "assault" on Brighton seafront:
Dale scuffled with anti-nuclear protester Stuart Holmes yesterday as he tried to get the veteran campaigner's banner out of shot while former spin doctor McBride gave a live television interview.
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.
An anti-nuclear protester who kept popping up in interviews behind former spin doctor Damian McBride was tackled to the ground by blogger Iain Dale after refusing to move.
Dale, who is also McBride's publisher, says he intervened in order to protect the author.
The scuffle happened on Brighton seafront this morning on the fringes of the Labour party conference.