A few days ago Pickles described Paddy Ashdown as "frail and confused" after the former Lib Dem leader said the South West had been "trampled on" by previous Tory administrations.
Now Breed has challenged Pickles to:
"visit Cornwall and Devon and meet Mr Ashdown. Perhaps first they could 'yomp' across Dartmoor."Turning the irony up to 11, Breed went on:
"I can assure Mr Pickles we have very long memories in the South West and we would love to see him down here.Let's see if Pickles will have the courage to take up this challenge.
"Of course I suspect he would have passed out on a boggy patch a few hundred yards after trying to keep up with the frail and clearly decrepit Paddy Ashdown."
Come on, Eric, show us what you're made of!