Just seen the following on PA from the Mayor of London:
Boris Johnson today said broadcaster Eddie Mair had done a "splendid job" during an interview in which the Mayor of London was grilled over his "integrity", including suggestions he had lied about having an extra-marital affair.
In the interview with Mr Mair on The Andrew Marr Show yesterday a clearly uncomfortable Mr Johnson was forced to deny being a "nasty piece of work'' and refused to discuss allegations about his private life.
Speaking in London today, Mr Johnson said: "Eddie Mair did a splendid job. There is no doubt that is what the BBC is for - holding us to account.
"I fully concede it wasn't my most blistering performance, but that was basically because I was set to talk about the Olympics and housing in London and he wanted to talk about other things, some of them - my private life and so on - of quite some antiquity, the details of which I wasn't brilliant on.
"He was perfectly within his rights to have a bash at me - in fact it would have been shocking if he hadn't. If a BBC presenter can't attack a nasty Tory politician what's the world coming to?"
A lesson for all politicians in how to respond to bad media coverage...