Chancellor George Osborne was today accused of bringing the Treasury and Government into disrepute by appointing Andy Coulson.
Shadow chancellor Ed Balls made the comment during Treasury questions.
He asked Osborne: "Do you accept you have brought into disrepute the Office of the Chancellor and the Treasury by urging the Prime Minister for your own reasons to bring Mr Coulson into Government?
"Have you not damaged your own reputation and that of the Government?"
Mr Osborne hit back immediately with a reference to Gordon Brown's former spin doctor Damian McBride.