Round two: Alastair Campbell goads 'pathetic' Sky News presenter Adam Boulton over live TV 'temper tantrum'

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Alastair Campbell continued his spat with Sky News political editor Adam Boulton today by branding him 'pathetic' over their fiery exchange live on TV.

He went on to say the presenter had had a 'little temper tantrum'.

The row between Labour's former head of communications and Mr Boulton was broadcast by the 24-hour news channel as it covered the aftermath of Mr Brown's announcement he will stand down as Labour leader.

Speaking this morning ahead of a charity football match, Mr Campbell said: 'I watched a lot of the online reaction last night, I think most people realise he behaved like a complete...very unprofessional. I'm entitled to my opinions about the media, I have very strong views about the media.

'I think the way the media covered this campaign was a joke and what people like Adam can't accept...they parade as impartial, independent, if you challenge them on any level about anything they say, they have little temper tantrums like yesterday.

'I have to say I thought he was pathetic, but he needs a rest.'

The exchange was kicked off by Mr Boulton questioning whether the nation needed 'four more months of Gordon Brown limping on until he retires'.

During yesterday's confrontation, Mr Campbell accused Mr Boulton of treating the Prime Minister like 'dead meat' and wanting David Cameron in Downing Street.

Mr Boulton insisted he had reported impartially, demanding that Mr Campbell - who is understood to have been offering advice to Mr Brown over the days since the election - produce evidence of him favouring the Conservative leader.

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Sky News said that Mr Boulton had 'defended his integrity' and by implication that of the channel.

Mr Campbell responded: 'Adam, I know that you've been spending the last few years saying Gordon Brown is dead meat and he should be going anyway.'

Mr Boulton replied: 'I'm not saying that, show me where I said that once.'

The broadcaster pointed out that Conservatives had secured more votes and seats than Labour in last week's election, and Mr Campbell replied: 'Yes, I know, you're obviously upset that David Cameron is not Prime Minister.'

A clearly angry Mr Boulton responded: 'I'm not upset. You keep casting aspersions... Don't keep telling me what I think. I'm fed up with you telling me what I think, I don't think that.'

Fiery exchange: The spat yesterday between Sky News political editor Adam Boulton and Alastair Campbell which took place live on television

Mr Campbell was told he was being unnecessarily 'provocative', but said: 'He is saying Gordon Brown is no longer legitimately in Downing Street, I'm saying he is. He is.'

And Mr Boulton replied: 'No, I'm saying look at the performances in the elections, Labour did worse than the Conservatives, will you accept that?'

Asking Mr Campbell why Mr Brown had not consulted Labour MPs before making his announcement, Mr Boulton said: 'You're the one that cooked it up, you're the one that's cooked it up with Peter Mandelson.'

Mr Campbell branded this assertion 'unbelievable'.

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