Laura Kuenssberg backtracks on ‘phone mishap’ anti-EU tweet – ‘Have now undone’

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The BBC’s outgoing political editor Laura Kuenessberg, 45, confirmed she had solved the problem shortly after the Scottish journalist touched down in Glasgow for COP26. Writing on Twitter, Ms Kuenssberg said: “Just landed in Glasgow – turned phone on to see that earlier had phone mishap and RT’d something in error so have now undone.”

The post comes amidst talks the BBC journalist is in talks to stand down from her post as the broadcaster’s political editor to become a host on BBC Radio 4’s flagship current affairs programme, Today.

The original post, retweeted by Kuenssberg yesterday, showed Prince Charles, 72, issue a climate change address at the G20 summit in Rome in a clip shared by the BBC’s rival broadcaster GB News.

Accompanying the post shared by the BBC journalist, the user RE Parks added the following Eurosceptic comment: “Do you think Charles dare tell @vonderleyen & @EmmanuelMacron that it’s time to stop the environmentally shameful movement of EU Parliament every month?

“And if he doesn’t why should we take him seriously? @ClarenceHouse.”

The post was referring to how the EU Parliament makes the 250-mile switch between the Belgian capital of Brussels and the French city of Strasbourg.

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The Court of Auditors said the move cost a total of €114million per year in a report conducted in 2014.

RE Parks, who goes under the Twitter handle @Cusstard, is followed by 300 users, including Ms Kuennsberg and the Brexit-backing ex-Conservative and UKIP MEP David Campbell Bannerman.

During the GB News clip, the Prince of Wales told world leaders: “It is also impossible not to hear the despairing voices of young people, who see you ladies and gentlemen as the stewards of the planet.”

However, many users on Twitter responded to Ms Kuenssberg’s “mishap” by saying the BBC political editor had breached the corporation’s strict impartiality rules.

“Not sure this tweet meets the new guidelines at the BBC,” @DerekCassidy15 said.

Another account, using the handle @UtilityMonster2, asked: “Why is Laura Kuenssberg implying that the future King should not be taken seriously?

“She ought to be sacked immediately.”

@hazcraig16 also asked: “Why is the BBC Political Editor retweeting this? What happened to BBC impartiality?”

Ms Kuenssberg’s veiled apology comes just days after the nation’s broadcaster reaffirmed its commitment to impartiality.

“The new social media guidance applies to everyone working at the BBC whether they are using social media professionally or personally, with clear steps to follow to maintain standards and integrity,” the BBC said on Friday.

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“There are four rules and expectations everyone must follow:

“Always behave professionally, treating others with respect and courtesy at all times – follow the BBC’s Values.

“Don’t bring the BBC into disrepute.

“If your work requires you to maintain your impartiality, don’t express a personal opinion on matters of public policy, politics, or ‘controversial subjects’.

“Don’t criticise your colleagues in public.

“Respect the privacy of the workplace and the confidentiality of internal announcements.”

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