BBC storm as star of its top Christmas show Laura Kuenssberg on Twitter ...

Gavin And Stacey star Mathew Horne (pictured) launched an abusive personal attack on Laura Kuenssberg on Twitter

Gavin And Stacey star Mathew Horne (pictured) launched an abusive personal attack on Laura Kuenssberg on Twitter 

Gavin And Stacey star Mathew Horne launched an abusive personal attack on Laura Kuenssberg on Twitter on Election night, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

The actor's comments in the early hours of Friday came after weeks of vitriol aimed at the BBC's political editor by Labour supporters, who claim the Corporation's coverage during the campaign has been biased towards the Tories.

A one-off revival of Gavin And Stacey on Christmas Day is the jewel in the crown of the BBC's holiday schedule, making Horne's remarks about another of its stars a huge embarrassment for the Corporation.

Last night, a BBC presenter branded Mr Horne's attack on Ms Kuenssberg a 'disgrace'.

While Ms Kuenssberg was live on air, Horne, 41, tweeted at 1.38am: 'I really wish I loved myself as much as you Laura @bbclaurak – I think, although deeply selfish, I'd probably be happier. For a bit. Lucky you.'

Moments earlier, the journalist had been on BBC1 discussing Labour's losses – including in Nottinghamshire, where Mr Horne grew up – and the possible departure of Jeremy Corbyn in the wake of the party's crushing defeat. 

At about the same time, Ms Kuenssberg tweeted from the studio: 'Swing in North of England is pretty consistently v big Labour to Tory… Tories may yet lose lots of their city seats, London may be brutal for them – let's see.'

Last night, a BBC presenter branded Mr Horne's attack on Ms Kuenssberg (pictured) a 'disgrace'

Last night, a BBC presenter branded Mr Horne's attack on Ms Kuenssberg (pictured) a 'disgrace'

This post seemed to prompt Horne's next tweet at 1.43am: 'Let's see'... your 'journalism' knows no bounds. Resign, you disingenuous plopcarpet.'

In other tweets reacting to the exit poll predicting a huge Conservative majority, Horne wrote: 'Call me a coward, I'm off. I'm leaving this unfathomable country,' and 'the turkeys have voted for Christmas'.

In his final tweet at 2.09am, he wrote: 'I appreciate my political tweeting this evening has been unpalatable for a lot of people... My stance: IDGAF' ['I don't give a f***']. Later that night he deleted all the tweets.

While Ms Kuenssberg was live on air, Horne, 41, tweeted at 1.38am: 'I really wish I loved myself as much as you Laura @bbclaurak – I think, although deeply selfish, I'd probably be happier. For a bit. Lucky you'

This post seemed to prompt Horne's next tweet at 1.43am: 'Let's see'... your 'journalism' knows no bounds. Resign, you disingenuous plopcarpet'

While Ms Kuenssberg was live on air, Horne, 41, tweeted at 1.38am: 'I really wish I loved myself as much as you Laura @bbclaurak – I think, although deeply selfish, I'd probably be happier. For a bit. Lucky you'

A one-off revival of Gavin And Stacey on Christmas Day is the jewel in the crown of the BBC's holiday schedule, making Horne's remarks about another of its stars a huge embarrassment for the Corporation

A one-off revival of Gavin And Stacey on Christmas Day is the jewel in the crown of the BBC's holiday schedule, making Horne's remarks about another of its stars a huge embarrassment for the Corporation

Ms Kuenssberg has been subjected to a stream of online attacks, often from Corbyn followers.

In 2017 it was reported the abuse had become so bad that she required a bodyguard when she covered that year's Labour conference.

BBC editorial guidelines prohibit employees from engaging in social media activity that brings the Corporation into disrepute.

They state:

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