Communications watchdog Ofcom has launched an investigation into whether the BBC breached broadcasting standards after a Conservative MP swore during a live TV show.

The investigation into a possible breach "of content standards" comes after former police minister Nick Herbert used the term "f***wit" while appearing as one of the guests on BBC2's Daily Politics programme.

He later defended his actions and pointed out that he used the term "disapprovingly".

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Presenter Jo Coburn interrupted Mr Herbert, telling him "we won't have any more of that".

At the end of the programme - which was broadcast on BBC2 at noon -Ms Coburn offered a full apology for the MP's outburst, saying it was unacceptable and would not be repeated.