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Tory MP Johnny Mercer's wife Felicity celebrated this afternoon as Carol Vorderman was told to leave her BBC show over her social media posts - in the latest chapter of their long-running feud.
Mrs Cornelius-Mercer, 43, appropriately enough took to Twitter to mark the occasion, delightedly remarking 'Binned by BBC' with an emoji of a bin.
Her joy continued as she liked another user's post likening the former Countdown maths whiz, 62, to a Harry Potter villain which remarked 'I see Vordermort has been sacked from BBC Wales'.
It was the latest twist in a far-rumbling row between the two unlikely online foes.
Merely months ago Carol had accused Mrs Cornelius-Mercer of 'harassment' and shared a reel showing a series of tweets she had sent her.
Mrs Cornelius-Mercer, seen here with husband Johnny, had a long-running feud with Ms Vorderman
Ms Vorderman had a long-running spat with veterans minister Johnny Mercer and his wife Felicity, who celebrated today by tweeting: 'Binned by the BBC'
Ms Cornelius-Mercer also liked this tweet comparing Ms Vorderman to the Harry Potter villain
Ms Vorderman has become known for her virulently anti-Tory posts on social media
Ms Vorderman declared: 'I've been harassed by Johnny Mercer's wife for months. This is from just one day in April + much more abuse elsewhere. I didn't respond at all. Until he mocked military using foodbanks. She's paid c£45k on MP expenses (+200% pay rise) to do this?'
In response, Mrs Cornelius-Mercer said she had been tagging her in abusive tweets sent to her husband to show how she had stirred up 'awful traffic' by 'telling followers to target MPs'.
She added: 'Feel free to stop the reel and read them. These hateful comments are sent to us as a direct result of @carolvorders drivel. I've only ever reacted to her rubbish about hating all Tories, which has been going on long before I got involved.'
Speaking to LBC, Ms Vorderman said Mrs Cornelius-Mercer sent her '60 tweets' over one day.
'Jonny Mercer's wife has been harassing me for months on Twitter, on one day she sent over 60 tweets, the words she used about my private life were really misogynistic actually,' she said.
'To the point where I almost felt like reporting her to be honest, I found it quite upsetting.'
Carol Vorderman today accused Johnny Mercer's wife of 'harassing' her on Twitter
In response, Mrs Cornelius-Mercer said she had been tagging Ms Vorderman, 62, in abusive tweets sent to her husband to show how she had stirred up 'awful traffic'
She added: 'It's like an unhealthy obsession that they have.'
The bizarre feud began early in July when Mrs Cornelius-Mercer accused Ms Vorderman of being a 'celebrity attack dog' who was 'inciting people to hate all Tories'.
The row even made it into the House of Commons when a Conservative MP accused Ms Vorderman of being a 'snob' after she criticised the Mercers for not going to university.
Mr Mercer was educated at £10,000-a-year Eastbourne College and served in the British Army while his wife worked as a crewing supervisor for MK Airlines.
She is now Principal Secretary in her husband's office - receiving a salary of between £40,000 to £49,000, according to the latest filings.
A tweet by Ms Vorderman on July 8 and referencing the married couple said: 'Not a degree in sight in spite of expensive private education! So who'd employ them?'
The message was followed with a shrugging emoji.
This latest development in the feud came after Ms Vorderman today revealed she was told to leave her BBC Radio Wales show for breaching the broadcaster's new social media guidelines – as she vowed to continue her anti-Tory rants.
The presenter added: 'Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.'
Ms Vorderman had been accused of 'flagrantly breaching' the BBC's impartiality rules with her anti-Tory outbursts, which have included calling ministers 'a lying bunch of greedy, corrupt, destructive, hateful, divisive, gaslighting crooks'.
The BBC brought in new social media rules for its presenters following outrage earlier this year over Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker's tweet which comparing the Government's Rwanda policy to Nazi Germany.
These prevent high-profile stars from attacking political parties and individual politicians as well as weighing into controversial issues before elections or referendums. The rules apply when their show is on air and in a two-week window before and after.
Carol Vorderman says she was told to leave her BBC Radio Wales show after falling foul of the corporation's social media policy
The presenter said she was 'not prepared to stop' venting her 'strong beliefs' on Twitter and Instagram
She has accused the Government of being 'a lying bunch of greedy, corrupt, destructive, hateful, divisive, gaslighting crooks'
Ms Vorderman said in a statement today: 'The BBC recently introduced new social media guidelines, which I respect.
'However, despite my show being light-hearted with no political content, it was explained to me that, as it is a weekly show in my name, the new guidelines would apply to all and any content that I post all year round.
Under the BBC's new social media guidelines, presenters on flagship programmes including Match Of The Day (MOTD) and The Apprentice have been banned from making attacks on political parties.
The corporation said the guidance does not include contributors, pundits, judges or guest hosts but has put through additional guidance for freelancers along with those not working in news, current affairs or factual journalism production.
In September, the broadcaster said that these type of employees 'must not bring the BBC into disrepute', are required to be respectful in public and take care when engaging with public debate.
The new guidelines followed a row over MOTD presenter Gary Lineker comparing the language used by the Conservative Government to promote its asylum plans to 1930s Germany on X which led to him briefly not presenting the show, a boycott from sports staff and a social media review.
'Since those non-negotiable changes to my radio contract were made, I've ultimately found that I'm not prepared to lose my voice on social media, change who I am, or lose the ability to express the strong beliefs I hold about the political turmoil this country finds itself in.
'My decision has been to continue to criticise the current UK Government for what it has done to the country which I love – and I'm not prepared to stop.
'I was brought up to fight for what I believe in, and I will carry on.
'Consequently I have now breached the new guidelines and BBC Wales management have decided I must leave. We each must make our decisions.
'I'm sad to have to leave the wonderful friends I've made at Radio Wales.
'I wish them, and all of our listeners, all the love in the world. We laughed a lot, and we will miss each other dearly.
'But, for now, another interesting chapter begins.'
The BBC said: 'Carol has been a presenter on BBC Radio Wales since 2018. We'd like to thank her for her work and contribution to the station over the past five years.'
In addition to her weekly show on BBC Radio Wales, Ms Vorderman also hosted topical news quiz Have I Got News For You on BBC1 in May this year.
This month, Ms Vorderman has questioned if the Conservative Party is the 'sleaziest in history' and wrote on X that the public is 'ashamed' about the Home Secretary's recent remarks about homelessness.
Suella Braverman claimed on the social media platform that rough sleeping is sometimes a 'lifestyle choice' and called for and end to 'pitching tents in public spaces'.
Ms Vorderman quoted her post, saying: 'What I want to stop, and what the law-abiding majority wants to stop, is your vile government clinging on to power for a day longer.
'You don't speak for us. Every week you debase democracy further. We're ashamed of you. Go now.'
Ms Vorderman was accused of being an 'education snob' when she tweeted gleefully earlier this month at the prospect of MP Johnny Mercer losing his seat in next year's general election
In September, she is said to have deleted a number of posts about Conservative chairman Greg Hands.
Mr Hands had called on