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Yes, because at 7 o'clock in the morning the Sun reporter phoned my special adviser to explain in Sun language that they were not happy that we had said we weren't doing any profiles, which was true, and had refused one to the Sun, which was true, and then he believed that we had done one for the Mirror. He obviously did not believe, nor would Rebekah Wade have believed, that actually the Mirror had pulled a fast one with us under the guise of a photograph.

So it kind of got off on a rather fractious start.

Then during the period of the liquid bomb plot, they, like some other publications, were kind to me in what they wrote about me. However, I knew all through this that on the big strategic question Mr Murdoch was for a long time a supporter of Gordon Brown to succeed Tony Blair. Never any question in anybody's mind about that.

Anyway, after the liquid bomb plot and I suppose the preeminence of that and various other issues at the Home Office, and the departure of several colleagues from the Cabinet, I was speculated upon as a possible contender against Gordon for leadership.

In the October of that year I had phoned several editors to tell them three things I intended to try and do about the shortage of prison places. In January I got a call from Rebekah, an unscheduled call from Rebekah Wade, Rebekah Brooks, as she now is, ostensibly to ask me about that. She asked me about prisons. She was also quite angry that we had given an exclusive to I think the Sunday Telegraph on the break-up of the Home Office, then at the end of it she brought up the subject of the leadership and asked me why I didn't withdraw my name from any potential public discussion or make it clear I wouldn't run against Gordon.

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