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Publisher cautioned for assault

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.

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Police seek to question McBride publisher Iain Dale

Iain Dale scuffles with protester Stuart Holmes before the pair fell to the ground. Credit: PA

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.

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