How Cameron cosied up to Murdoch & Son – UK Politics – UK – The Independent
Britain’s brashest and biggest-selling tabloid newspaper, which likes to sometimes make news rather than merely report it, was at it again. After 12 years of supporting the Labour Party, The Sun was filling its front page the next morning with the headline “Labour’s lost it”.
As the news spread like bushfire around the sealed-off part of Brighton where Labour is holding its annual conference, the doors opened on a suite in the Grand Hotel where News International, which owns The Sun, was holding a party.
Gordon Brown, who was expected to attend, immediately cancelled his appearance, as did Peter Mandelson, now his First Secretary, but who in a previous life played a central role in the negotiations between Tony Blair and the Murdoch empire in the 1990s which led to The Sun’s backing of Labour in 1997. He knows News International’s chief executive, Rebekah Brooks, well, and vented his fury in a telephone conversation with her.
Yesterday, Mandelson’s people claimed he told her that she and her colleagues were “chumps”. Her version of the same conversation had Mandelson using a noun that sounds similar, but is great deal more vulgar.