... while Times hack gets ruffled

But Diary's favourite bit comes amid discussions about to whom the release should be sent and a suggestion that maybe The Times' chief political correspondent Sam Coates cannot actually be relied upon for unalloyed positive coverage.

'I do think we should include Peter Riddell at The Times given Sam Coates' likely stance,' asserts one APPC representative.

Carrying on, everyone seems to agree this is a good idea. Then: Ping! It's an email from Coates demanding: 'I'd love to know what my "likely stance" is...' Not the APPC's finest hour, then.

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