“The toothpaste is out of the tube…”

According to BBC political correspondent Martina Purdy on Stormont Live today, Castlereagh Borough Council have been trying, in vain, to recall a statement they issued announcing a 6th May date for the by-election to elect a replacement for former DUP councillor Iris Robinson in the Castlereagh East ward. The Council statement was apparently dated for tomorrow, 24th March, but neglected to mention an embargo on the news. Adds From Mark Devenport’s diary

Let’s hijack other elements of this timetable – scrap the trip to Buckingham Palace and replace it with a coffee with the PM and the Mayor of Castlereagh, maybe at a local cafe (any recommendations?) After all, the Council knew the date before the Queen.

Heh.