Conservative Party's Steve Hilton's arrest branded 'trivial' by Pascoe-Watson

The Sun's former political editor George Pascoe-Watson has dismissed the news that David Cameron's director of strategy Steve Hilton was arrested in 2008 as a 'tiny and trivial incident'.

New revelations: David Cameron's strategy chief
New revelations: David Cameron's strategy chief

Channel Four News broke the story last night that Hilton was fined £80 for disorder in 2008 over a train ticket dispute. The Daily Mirror ran with the story on its front page today, and coverage included a double page spread on pages eight and nine, featuring the headline ‘Tory Lord of the Spins'.

Pascoe-Watson, who left The Sun in October last year to take up a role as partner at Portland PR, said: ‘The story will have absolutely no effect whatsoever on David Cameron or the Tories and their fortunes. What is interesting is why anyone decided to leak it to Channel Four News, why the TV channel decided to run it and how it has played out in the media.

‘This would normally be nothing more than a diary story, but we are now in general election meltdown and anything goes.'

Pascoe-Watson added: ‘The Mirror is being aggressively anti-Tory, just like the old days. But it was never, ever a TV story. However, it fits with a new narrative that's playing out within Conservative Party ranks, with a handful of shadow cabinet individuals feeling jealous of his access to the top man.'

The news of Hilton's arrest follows coverage of  the inquiry last year over phone-tapping allegations concerning Cameron's director of communications Andy Coulson's time as editor of The News of the World.



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