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More police questions for blogger
The publisher of former spin doctor Damian McBride's memoirs faces further police questioning today after grappling with a protester during a live television interview.
Political blogger Iain Dale scuffled with Stuart Holmes on Brighton seafront as he tried to get the veteran campaigner's anti-nuclear banner out of shot on Tuesday.
Mr Dale, of Biteback Publishing, voluntarily attended a police station on the day of the incident to face questions in relation to an alleged common assault offence.
Later, he is expected to face more questions at John Street police station in Brighton over the bust-up, which happened on the day of Ed Miliband's keynote Labour party conference speech.
Sussex Police have also spoken to Mr Holmes. Cameras captured a frustrated Mr Dale grabbing the pensioner's rucksack and hauling him out of the way, as Mr Holmes' placard-wearing dog barked.
As they tussled on the pavement, with the dog joining in, their confrontation was filmed by other members of the media scrum which attended Mr McBride's arrival at the conference.
Mr Holmes tried to make the best of the situation, holding up his banner reading "No Nukes - Radio Active Dust Cancer Epidemic" to photographers recording the fight.
The men separated and dusted themselves down soon after and Mr Holmes went back to trying to edge his way into view of the cameras.
Mr Dale previously said the protester - a familiar face to conference-goers - was an "idiot" and he had only done "what any self-respecting publisher would do" by stepping in.
But Mr Holmes, originally from Manchester and a veteran of three decades of party conferences, insisted that Mr McBride saw his placard and appeared "happy with it".
Afterwards, Mr Holmes told reporters: "I was not ruining the interview, I was just in the background. I was not saying anything.
"Then this giant of a guy turned up and grabbed hold of me. I struggled free and in the process we ended up on the floor."
He said he would be talking with his lawyers next month but was unlikely to take it further.
Writing on his blog, Mr Dale said the only injury was caused by the dog, also named Stuart, apparently biting its owner on the backside during the fracas.
He said: "In some ways I have committed the cardinal sin of becoming the story myself, rather than my author, and I regret that. But do I regret that I stepped in to protect my author? No, I do not."