BBC Breakfast presenters have blasted a Tory MP who claimed that some of the Corporation's newsreaders were using "too much Botox".
Veteran Conservative MP David Amess complained that some of BBC's top women stars keep "smirking" even while presenting serious stories and that the only possible explanation for this was an anti-wrinkle treatment, which can restrict facial expression.
While the 59-year-old MP refused to reveal names earlier, he later implied that he was talking about Breakfast news presenters who he knew "have to get up early in the morning".
Among the presenters on BBC Breakfast are Sian Williams, Susanna Reid and Louise Minchin.
"I'll tell you what I use - moisturiser and make-up," the Daily Mail quoted Reid as saying.
"I don't know anything about Botox and I have never encountered it, as anyone who has seen my laughter lines will know.
"I don't know any BBC newsreaders who use Botox. I can tell him I do take something to help me cope with the early mornings: A very hot, double-strength latte.
"But that's all I take to get me through those 3.30am starts. All BBC newsreaders are sensitive and no one smirks during bad news," she stated.
A representative for Miss Williams, 46, said: "If he wants to use this as a way of desperately creating publicity, then good luck to him".
Louise Minchin , who denied having used Botox, said she'd be flattered if someone thought she uses Botox.
"I'm flattered if people think I have," Minchin added.