Sir John Major said he was "too sensitive" over press coverage towards him when he was Prime Minister, as he gave evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
The former Prime Minister - who held office from 1990 to 1997 - said his poor relationship with the press was down to his decision not to court them which, he added, would have been "undignified".
Sir John added that the press cannot hold the Government to account if there is too much "chumminess" between them.
Labour Leader Ed Miliband, Former Prime Minister Sir John Major, and Labour's Deputy Leader Harriet Harman are all expected to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Tuesday.
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The wife of former Prime Minister Gordon Brown has commented on Twitter about her husband's evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
Today's five files bring to12 the number of files relating to Scotland Yard's phone-hacking inquiry that have been sent to prosecutors.
The CPS has launched prosecutions relating to just one of the files so far - including former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her racehorse trainer husband Charlie.
Two other files, one involving Guardian journalist Amelia Hill and one relating to former News of the World chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, have been dropped.
Gordon and Sarah were bullied and I'm afraid my old paper behaved awfully in his last year or so. It was brutal stuff.
The Chancellor has left the Royal Courts of Justice in London after completing his evidence at the Leveson Inquiry.
George Osborne tells the Leveson Inquiry that in a text message to Jeremy Hunt the word 'solution' refers to solving the issue of Vince Cable's 'war on Murdoch' remarks.