Government denies Portsmouth Minister Splash! link

Portmsouth North MP Penny Mordaunt will appear in a forthcoming episode of ITV diving contest Splash!. Credit: PA

The Prime Minister's spokesman has defended the Government's decision to appoint Michael Fallon as Minister for Portsmouth, saying it reflected the particular circumstances in the city following the loss of 900 jobs at BAE Systems.

He batted away questions on whether it had anything to do with the fact that Portsmouth North MP Penny Mordaunt is appearing in the ITV diving show Splash!.

Asked if David Cameron would still be making the appointment if she was not taking part in the programme, he said: "I think you are in red herring territory."