By Katie Hind Showbusiness Editor For The Mail On Sunday
Published: 22:01 GMT, 21 November 2020 | Updated: 01:24 GMT, 22 November 2020
A bust-up over the proposed gift of a Christmas bauble to Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon sowed the seed for the departure of Eamonn Holmes from ITV’s This Morning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.
The 60-year-old presenter clashed with the show’s editor Martin Frizell in the run-up to last December’s General Election after Ms Sturgeon contacted producers to say she wanted to present Mr Holmes and his wife Ruth Langsford with a traditional Scottish tree decoration during her interview.
Mr Frizell agreed with an idea to give Ms Sturgeon a gift in return and the show’s art department was tasked with creating a This Morning-themed bauble in advance of the interview – the last of a series with the main party leaders – on December 6.
But Mr Holmes objected, saying that it broke strict impartiality rules for broadcasters in the weeks before an election. His intervention –