BRUCE FORSYTH waded into the Strictly Come Dancing racism row today, saying people need to get a sense of humour. The TV host said view- ers should accept that Call to lighten up: Bruce Forsyth THURSDAY, 8 OCTOBER 2009 MONTHS OF POST STRIKES AHEADSEE PAGE SEVEN SEE PAGE EIGHT INSIDE Now Brucie defends TV Paki joke BY GEORGINA LITTLEJOHN Itsnoworsethancallinguslimeys Continued on Page 3 TORY HELD OVER TAKING BUBBLY Alesha on the lash at 2am PRINTED WITH INK THAT WONT COME OFF ON YOUR HANDS A TORY PARTY member was arrested after being accused of stealing a 150 bottle of champagne at the Conservative conference in Manchester. Philip Whittington, 27, who has worked as a parliamentary researcher for MP John Baron, was later released without charge after claiming there had been a mix-up and he had intended to pay. But it will embarrass the Tories after party chairman Eric Pickles imposed a champagne ban at the conference for fear of Continued on Page 5 BY MARK BLUNDEN Off the leash: Alesha Dixon early today Anton Du Beke apologised to part- ner Laila Rouass for saying she looked like a Paki, and move on. Pointing out that it used to be humor- ous for Americans to call the British limeys, Brucie added that years ago the dancers slip-up wouldnt have been taken so seriously. But BBC bosses today told the 81-year- old presenter to apologise for his comments, which were made during an index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html