BBC political editor drops the C-bomb live on air

Twitter followers were quick to pick up on it - course they were!

A General Election is a tense affair, with emotions running high and the political tide shifting at a breakneck speed.

So you can excuse the occasional slip-up from the overworked presenters and analysts.

And we had the almightiest of gaffes from the BBC’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg last night, as she discussed the unfolding events that ultimately resulted in a hung parliament.

Laura Kuenssberg is the first woman to hold the position of political editor at the BBC. (Credit: YouTube)

Speaking in the studio about the Lib Dems’ constituency of Westmorland and Lonsdale in Cumbria, the 40-year-old said: “Tim Farron, the current party leader, is facing potential defeat. There’s chatter there about a re-c*nt.”

Sorry, a what?

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We knew what she meant, of course. And it was 2.55am when she made the blunder, so we can forgive the poor woman.

But that didn’t stop the Twitter sphere descending into fits of giggles as they logged on to express their mirth.

(Credit: Twitter)

One observer tweeted that Laura was “just making sure we’re all paying attention at this time”.

Another joked that she was “speaking for us all”.

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Italian-born Kuenssberg was appointed political editor at the BBC in 2015, the first woman to be installed in the role.

In December 2016, she was named Journalist of the Year at the British Journalism Awards, with the judges saying: “Kuenssberg deserves this prize for the sheer volume and scope of reporting on some of the biggest changes ever in British politics.”

We’re sure even they’ll allow her this one teensy-weensy mishap.