No record of Brown's 'war on Murdoch' phone call

The Cabinet Office said it has no record of the telephone call Credit: REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

The Cabinet Office said it has no record of a disputed telephone call in which Rupert Murdoch claims Gordon Brown said he was declaring war on the media mogul.

Mr Murdoch told the Leveson Inquiry in April that Mr Brown accused the Murdoch empire of declaring war on the government, which he had no choice but to "make war" in turn. Mr Brown responded this week at the Inquiry saying that the September call never took place. A Cabinet Office spokesman said:

" We can confirm that there is a record of only one call between Mr Brown and Rupert Murdoch in the year to March 2010. That call took place on the 10th of November 2009."