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No, because there was no quid pro quo. We know that for two reasons. One, that the support for the argument that the representation to the Secretary of State was never actually made, so there was no quid therefore there was no pro, but the two things weren't connected in that way. There was no quid pro quo.

I was making representations to the editor of the Sun successfully, although I think he had a great deal of enthusiasm. I was trying to make sure that his view and his editorial team's view wasn't countermanded by London. We then go on to the fisheries policy and my position had remained the same over the previous weeks that when the time was right, when it was appropriate to do so, I was prepared to make the case that jobs and investment should be considered as a valid factor. That's what I think the reasonable interpretation of this email is. If there had been some other thing going on in an internal email, then presumably Mr Michel wouldn't have had any compunction about saying it to Mr Murdoch. The fact it's represented like this I think supports what I've just said to you.

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