The huge rift in the Home Affairs Select Committee was laid bare last week when Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger appeared before the committee to defend his decision to publish state secrets and to challenge criticism that he had endangered national security by doing so. Committee chairman Keith Vaz always enjoys being in the limelight. He took great pleasure in slapping down lawyer turned Tory MP Michael Ellis, who was getting very grumpy at proceedings and said that he would not let the hearing turn into ‘a Labour love in’.

Vaz hit back later that day, saucily telling your humble correspondent that Ellis ‘just needs more sex’.

When this was put to Ellis, the Tory said he that had the greatest respect for his chairman, ‘usually’. This is a row to watch.

Tags: Alan Rusbridger, Keith Vaz