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I gave this paragraph as an indication, really, of the confidentiality, not for me as much as for other people, of information. It was at the time there was quite a lot of rumour about Charles Kennedy and his future, and then there were obviously fairly intense internal discussions within the party and within his family. I was party to some of those. I was the party president, I needed to be kept informed, so the information coming to me was not just confidential to me and to the party and relevant to British politics more widely, but clearly of direct personal interest to colleagues and the families of colleagues, and so it was, I would say, of the most sensitive and confidential nature for other people.

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