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MP embroiled in 'trousergate' row pulls out of Have I Got News For You

A former cabinet minister at the centre of a spat over the Prime Minister's £1,000 leather trousers has pulled out of filming for an episode of Have I Got News For You.

Nicky Morgan will no longer appear on the satirical panel show on Friday due to "unforeseen circumstances", an agent for the programme's production company said.

The Tory MP for Loughborough, who Theresa May sacked as education secretary when she took over Downing Street, has been embroiled in the so-called "trousergate" row since she criticised the PM's decision to wear the £995 trousers during a photo shoot for a newspaper.

Her expression of doubt over the PM's decision to wear the Amanda Wakeley-designed "bitter chocolate" trousers forced Mrs May to deny she was out of touch and prompted a top aide to bar her from a No 10 meeting on Brexit.

Tory MPs backing the PM have pointed to the fact that Ms Morgan has a designer Mulberry handbag which retails for some £950, but sources close to the 44-year-old are reported to have said it is more than a decade old and was a gift.

A spokeswoman for programme makers Hat Trick Productions said Mrs Morgan had been booked to appear on the show, the last in the current series, since September alongside host Gary Lineker and comedian Jon Richardson.

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