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Gordon Brown admits briefings against Alistair Darling were  ‘completely unfair’

GORDON BROWN admitted today that political briefings against Alistair Darling in 2008 were “completely unfair.”

Mr Darling, who spent almost three decades as an MP and 13 years in government under Sir Tony Blair and Mr Brown, died aged 70 after spending time in hospital being treated for cancer.

In 2010, Mr Darling said Mr Brown’s No 10 had unleashed “the forces of hell” against him through negative briefings after he warned of a severe recession in 2008.

Asked if he had apologised to his former chancellor over the briefings, Mr Brown said: “If there had been a briefing against him that was attributed to me, yes of course. I mean that was completely unfair.”

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme that one of the problems of government was that “you have lots of people said to be briefing on your behalf who you don’t even know the names of.”

The former PM said Mr Darling was a “compassionate politician who wanted to get things done” of “unimpeachable integrity.”


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