The Best Fight Of The Labour Party Conference

Iain Dale vs protestor vs dog. But whose side is the dog on?

The Labour Party conference in Brighton has, until today, been notable for the lack of physical fights. But then this morning blogger and publisher Iain Dale livened everything up by having a scrap with a protestor.

3. The fight began when the protestor, Stuart Holmes, tried to protest behind a TV interview former Labour spinner Damian McBride was giving to Daybreak.

Dale is the publisher of McBride’s controversial new book about his time working for Gordon Brown’s administration. As such, he was quite keen that nothing get in the way of his book’s publicity strategy.

Dale explained in a blog post that Holmes “was filling a lot of the screen and totally distracting from the interview”. As such, he writes, “I did what any self respecting publisher would do, got out of the car, ran across and pulled him out of the shot.”

4. Let’s look at that again in slow motion.

5. Here’s a view from another angle.

Note how McBride just carries on talking to camera, bravely ignoring the fact that his publisher’s wrestling an old man and a dog just a few feet away.

6. Of note: the dog appears to be on Mr. Dale’s side, spending most of its time attacking its owner.

Apparently the dog’s called Stuart too.

7. Possibly the dog is just a stickler for proper punctuation, and was angry about the rogue apostrophe on the sign it was made to wear.

The police are reportedly “looking into” the fight. They have favourited a tweet as part of their enquiries.

Sorry - @sussex_police say they're "looking into the circumstances" of Iain Dale incident

— Nick Sutton (@suttonnick)

Nick Sutton


Sorry - @sussex_police say they’re “looking into the circumstances” of Iain Dale incident

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10. Anyway: best rubbish fight since that one between Colin Firth and Hugh Grant in Bridget Jones’s Diary.

Well done, everybody. Especially the dog.

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Tom Phillips is the UK editorial director for BuzzFeed and is based in London.
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