Michel: 'I do not need to puff myself up'

Fred Michel: In my communication I was referring to the UK Government being generally supportive of the bid, not any particular Minister.

He consistently denies he "exaggerated" the progress in any of his emails. "I do not need to puff myself up," he answers.

Fred Michel does say at Tory conference Jeremy Hunt was "supportive of the arguments we were making" about the bid.