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Campbell reveals reason for courting The Sun

Alastair Campbell has revealed why the Labour party decided to court The Sun rather than other newspapers, when he was appointed as Tony Blair's director of communications.

Well it probably fell into the category of the only one that might... shift position.

I couldn't have ever imagined the Daily Mail. So our approach... was just to kind of stop them being quite so vile.

Our approach with papers like the Express would have been to engage with them, but I would never have expected the Express to come out for the Labour party.

And the broadsheets were in a slightly different space...So the Sun, in a sense, was the only one that was in this really odd space.

Although we set ourselves that objective, I think if you had asked me in 1994 did I think the Sun would back us in 1997, I would probably have said no.


Call for press guidelines for opposition parties

Former cabinet secretary Lord O'Donnell has urged the Leveson Inquiry to issue guidelines to help opposition parties deal with the press.

He said: "I think you would want to put it to the leaders of all the parties, 'Here is a set of rules that we think opposition parties should abide by'".

Lord O'Donnell thinks opposition parties need guidance on dealing with the press Credit: ITV News


Leveson QC under fire from Murdoch lawyer

News International has hit out at allegations made about Rupert Murdoch's back-room dealings with politicians.

Robert Jay QC, counsel for the Leveson Inquiry, was accused of "headline grabbing" by suggesting the media mogul was suffering "selective amnesia" about his talks with Margaret Thatcher.

The company's barrister Rhodri Davies QC insisted there was nothing sinister going on.

He said: "Mr Murdoch has nothing to lie about. The documents tell the story."

No action over Coulson story

The Independent on Sunday will not face action after publishing a story about Andy Coulson that contained details from his witness statement to the Leveson Inquiry.

Lord Justice Leveson had ordered that such documents should not be made public until they had been given in evidence at the inquiry.

He said he would reveal his reasons for not taking action in a detailed ruling, and warned others seeking to make similar disclosures "to read that judgment with care".

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