Written by Andrew Pierce
Culture Secretary James Purnell, who led the Government’s attack on the BBC’s rigged phone-in competitions, is now at the centre of a faking controversy of his own.
Mr Purnell turned up too late for a photo-shoot to promote a new development at a Tameside hospital, so he told the organisers to doctor the picture with fellow MPs to look like he had been there.
The photograph, with Mr Purnell grinning at the edge of the group, was then published in the local press, which was oblivious to the cheating.
Local MPs David Hayes, Tom Levitt and Andrew Gwynne all turned up in time for the photo call, organised by the Tameside and Glossop Hospitals NHS Trust.
A spokesman for the Trust said: “We decided to take a photograph of Mr Purnell in the same spot very shortly after and merge it with the earlier photograph, to which Mr Purnell kindly consented.”