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BBC replace Nicky Morgan with £1,000 handbag

Although the trouser-gate row between Theresa May and Nicky Morgan looked as though it was beginning to die down, the feud has been given fresh life thanks to brains at the BBC. After the Prime Minister banned Morgan from Downing Streeet for criticising her £1,000 trousers, the former education secretary dropped out of a planned appearance on Have I Got News For You.

Explaining Morgan’s absence, Gary Lineker said producers had been left with no choice but to place a £1,000 Mulberry handbag — that Morgan owns a version of — in her vacant chair:

‘We were due to have the former education secretary Nicky Morgan, but because of a falling out with Downing St over Theresa May’s £1,000 leather trousers she’s decided not to come. So, ladies and gentleman please welcome in her place — Nicky Morgan’s £1,000 leather handbag.’

With the panel making light of the row during the episode, neither May nor Morgan came off particularly well. However, Mr S suspects it’s May’s chief of staff Fiona Hill who has the greatest reason to take offence. Referring to a fiery text Hill had sent about Morgan, Ian Hislop described her as the Prime Minister’s ‘assistant’. Perhaps it wouldn’t have been such a bad idea for Morgan to go on after all…

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