Sir Alex ends his six-year BBC interview boycott

By Michael MacLeod

SIR Alex Ferguson has ended his six year BBC boycott – by giving an interview at a horse race.

The Manchester United manager has held a grudge against the broadcasters for accusing his football agent son Jason of orchestrating dodgy transfer dealings in a TV documentary in 2004.

He furiously branded the BBC as “arrogant beyond belief” over the spat.

But the Scot was talked into ending his BBC silence by Radio 5 Live’s horse racing correspondent Cornelius Lysaght, who spotted the manager celebrating the victory of his horse at the Aintree festival on Thursday.

Celebrating Fergie’s u-turn, presenter Richard Bacon said: “It was quite an exciting moment.”
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Former Army chief Sir Richard Dannatt accused of being Tory stooge as Labour Peer goes on the attack

By Shaun Milne

THE FORMER head of the British Army has been branded a “Tory stooge” after it emerged he stands to become a junior minister should David Cameron’s party be swept to victory at the next General Election.

Labour reacted furiously to news that General Sir Richard Dannatt may be handed a Peerage to allow him to enter a Conservative administration as adviser on defence if they can seize Downing Street.

UNDER FIRE: General Sir Richard Dannatt

UNDER FIRE: General Sir Richard Dannatt

Mr Cameron, who is expected to unveil the appointment in Manchester tomorrow (thur), fuelled the speculation when he said: “He is a man of great talent and ability.

“He has been a great public servant and I think he has more to do.”

Such a move would be lauded by the Tory Party faithful – but fiercely rounded upon by angry Labour figures.

General Dannatt has recently pounded the current Government with claims soldiers on the front line are being forced to take on the Taliban in Afghanistan with “at least part of one arm” tied behind their backs.

Stretched

He said Prime Minister Gordon Brown has left troops exposed by refusing to allow 2000 extra soldiers into theatre on grounds of cost.

It follows a previous volley from the General in January where he said a lack of equipment had “seriously stretched our soldiers”. Continue reading