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I don't have much recollection of my meeting with Mr Murdoch. They plainly were unmemorable to us both, which may be why there were so few of them.

I have absolutely no recollection of the 1992 meeting. There are two diaries at Downing Street. There is one diary which lists the meetings that the Prime Minister is scheduled to have, and there's a second diary which lists the meetings that the Prime Minister did actually have. Things get cancelled, other things get shoehorned in. I have had this list compiled from the second of those diaries, the meetings that the Prime Minister actually had, so I'm assuming my meeting with Mr Murdoch on 14 May 1992 did actually go ahead. I have to say, I have absolutely no recollection of it whatsoever. Almost uniquely, there was a briefing note from my press secretary for me to raise with Mr Murdoch the nature of the coverage in his newspapers, and so it is a meeting I would have thought I would have remembered. I don't have any recollection of it at all, which makes me wonder whether in fact it went ahead. The diary said it did, at the beginning of August -- sorry, May, but I really don't recall it at all.

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