Cabinet ministers were bullied out of posts by Gordon Brown's former advisor who leaked information about their private lives to the press, the man himself has admitted.
In his memoir "Power Trip", published today in the Daily Mail, Damien McBride admits to coercing former Home Secretary John Reid into quitting by leaking details of "drinking, fighting and carousing" to the press.
Lord Reid was singled out because he was the last remaining threat to Gordon Brown's chances of leading the Labour party.
Mr McBride started leaking the contents of what he called "a little black book" filled with sordid details of Lord Reid's private escapades.
One story leaked was based around a "drink fuelled indecent proposal" in which Lord Reid turned to one of Mr Brown's closest allies, Dawn Primarolo, and allegedly said at the Commons bar: "I want sex with you."
More top news
It has been confirmed that the 2015 world tour of top Gear Live will go ahead, renamed Clarkson, Hammond and May Live.
A new ITV news/ComRes poll in Scotland suggests there is serious trouble ahead for Labour.
Two gangs of warring criminals are behind a string of violent gun, knife and grenade attacks in Greater Manchester, police have revealed.