DIARY: Pistols at dawn for MoD senior press officer and Scottish Daily Record

Relations between The Daily Record and the Ministry of Defence's PR team in Scotland have deteriorated to subterranean levels.

The Record blames its omission from a media trip to visit Scots Royal Marines in Afghanistan on a fit of pique by chief press officer Sara Reed.

A front-page story last Thursday accused Reed of denying the paper a place because of recent stories saying jobs were at risk at the naval dockyard Rosyth due to delays in MoD contracts.

Reed insists spaces were limited with priority given to local papers. She also says this is one of many trips, and the next is likely to include the Record.

But she does admit in an e-mail to the Record's newsdesk that The Sun and the Daily Mirror, 'which have been particularly good to us recently', have been invited.

In a follow-up piece late last week, the paper elevated Reed to near Jo Moore status. It pictured her pouting with a champagne flute, and lined up servicemen's wives condemning the Record's omission amid references to the former Shandwick employee's lifestyle - including her salary, family and 'taste for smart, designer clothes'.

A furious Reed said: 'This is an arrogant, childish and vindictive attempt to undermine my credibility as a press officer. It's alarming PR professionals find their families attacked by the gutter press.'

It's going to take one hell of a lunch to sort this one out.

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