Cam: ‘Ed Miliband had me on the run’


12:47 am - May 9th 2012

by Sunny Hundal    


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David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks to tell her Ed Miliband had him “on the run” in messages revealed by The Times today.

Brooks is due to answer questions at the Leveson inquiry on Friday, and there is speculation that more damaging evidence revelations will be released.

Details of the text messages are revealed in a new book titled ‘Cameron: Practically a Conservative’, by Francis Elliott of The Times and James Hanning of The Independent on Sunday.

The book details how Mr Cameron and Mrs Brooks would often “pop round to one another’s houses” in south Oxfordshire.

The Times reports:

“The wider public might have liked to know too of the text message that Charlie Brooks told friends Cameron sent to Brooks at the beginning of the week in which she resigned, telling her to keep her head up and she’d get through her difficulties,” the authors add.

“Such contact came to an abrupt halt soon afterwards, with Brooks not wanting to embarrass Cameron and he wanting to be able to say, hand on heart, that they had not been in touch.

“But it was claimed that Cameron did send an emissary to Brooks to mitigate his sudden coldness towards her. The gist of the message was, ‘Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run’.”

I suspect that phrase will haunt Cameron for quite a while.

The book is due to be serialised in the Times. It also says

– Two meetings between Mr Cameron and Mrs Brooks not included on the Downing Street list of such contacts.

– Mr Cameron is alleged to have asked the Met Police to open a review into the Madeleine McCann case in May 2011 as a favour for Mrs Brooks. The decision left police chiefs furious

It’s going to be an interesting week.

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1. Chaise Guevara

Uh, if it’s the “gist of the message” there’s no reason to think he actually said it. And it wasn’t a text message, unless “emissary” is Times-speak for SMS. The text you quote actually claims that Cameron stopped texting her *before* the alleged comment.

Do you read this stuff before writing articles about it?

Seemingly debate prompted by blogs on Liberal Conspiracy now take place on ‘twitter’.
I’m sure I am not alone in giving twitter a miss and therefore Liberal Conspiracy becomes increasingly irrelevant.

@1. Shh. Stop letting facts get in the way of a Sunny-generated Twitterstorm.


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