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Inappropriate & Juvenile Behaviour! - Why Britain's Gordon Brown was reportedly Furious
Oct 14, 2009, 17:32

Gordon Brown in Fury over Damian McBride’s antics

“Inappropriate & Juvenile”

By Ian Kirby, Political Editor

12th April 2009: The shocking extent of planned smears against the Tories which led to the resignation of Gordon Brown’s most trusted aide last night are revealed today (12th April 2009) by the News of the World. The Prime Minister’s personal spin doctor Damian McBride quit after it emerged he and Derek Draper, Labour’s internet campaign chief, conspired to spread false and sinister stories of a highly personal nature.

McBride boasted that the sleaze campaign “will put the fear of God” into the Tories. The unfounded smears included:

SMEAR ONE . . . a story that Conservative leader David Cameron has an embarrassing medical condition.

SMEAR TWO . . . a vicious triple attack on Shadow Chancellor George Osborne. It suggests he had sex and took drugs with a prostitute, another smears his wife, and the third claims an ex girlfriend has photos of him in a bra, knickers and suspenders.

SMEAR THREE . . . involves MP Nadine Dorries and another Tory MP. Last night mother-of-three Dorries said she was consulting lawyers.

SMEAR FOUR . . . that a Tory MP used his position to get publicity for a firm in which his partner is boss.

McBride quit at teatime yesterday just hours after admitting the planned smears to Gordon Brown, calling his own actions “inappropriate and juvenile”.

GORDON Brown was furious at McBride’s antics and made it clear last night that his top aide had no choice but to quit.

The PM’s official spokesman said: “The Prime Minister has accepted Mr McBride’s resignation. Neither he nor anybody else in Downing Street had knowledge of these emails. It is the Prime Minister’s view that there is no place in politics for the dissemination or publication of material of this kind, which is why it is right that Mr McBride and Mr Draper decided not to publish this material.”

Earlier in the day, ex Home Secretary Charles Clarke blasted McBride, saying he had brought shame to the Labour party, adding: “Damian McBride has no place in Downing Street.”

Shadow Home Secretary Chris Grayling called it “an extraordinary and disgraceful situation.”

Gordon Brown says sorry for Damian McBride email smears

Prime Minister says he takes ‘full responsibility’

By Andrew Sparrow, senior political correspondent

Thursday 16 April 2009: Gordon Brown today apologised for emails sent by his former aide Damian McBride which proposed to smear political opponents. The prime minister said he was “sorry” and that he took “full responsibility for what happened”.

In a brief television interview in Glasgow, where the cabinet is meeting, Brown said: “I am sorry about what happened. I have said all along that when I saw this first I was horrified, I was shocked, I was very angry indeed”.

“I think the most important thing is to reassure people that everything is being done to clean up politics in this country. I wrote to those people who were affected by it. I expressed very deep regret for what happened,” Brown said

“The person who was responsible went immediately and has lost his job. And I have ensured that there are new rules so that this cannot happen again,” Brown said adding his government had “done everything in our power to deal with this” and now had to “get on with the job of creating opportunities for people, creating apprenticeships, creating new work and getting a budget for jobs”.

Asked whether he took responsibility, Brown said: “I take full responsibility for what happens, and that’s why the person who was responsible went immediately.”

Brown sent handwritten letters to David Cameron, George Osborne and Nadine Dorries, all of whom were mentioned in McBride’s emails, explaining what he was doing to tighten the rules governing advisers such as McBride.

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