One of the PM’s closest advisors, Damian McBride, has chosen to resign before publication of evidence about his attempts to smear the reputations of leading Conservative politicians. It’s a scoop and a scalp for Paul Staines aka Guido Fawkes.
UPDATED: 11am on 12th April. You can read the full story on The News of the World site here, The Sunday Times have more detail here. Channel 4 offers some context on other players in the drama including Derek Draper of LabourList.org
UPDATE: 1pm. Labour MP Tom Harris has some considered comments available which catch the general feeling of disgust about what has been done by McBride and Draper.
UPDATE: 3pm. Derek Draper issues public apology.