The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

All those things are true. It's a "what if" question. Half of me is frustrated that I went from being odds-on favourite and as strongly tipped to win our party leadership as David Cameron was to win his, to not winning. It would have been great to have won, but the consolation is that probably running political parties in this country is an even more onerous burden and it may be life has been easier without doing it. So I am fairly philosophical, but certainly there was apparently a direct impact between that revelation and the consequent press coverage and my political reputation and chance of winning the election.

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