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The heavyweight Sir Cyril Smith, one of the larger personalities in politics, has died
Trouble at the IPCC New report identifies multiple failings at the UN climate panel
Give me space Sheryl Garratt meets minimalist architect John Pawson
Out of the doldrums? US and China lead a rally on the markets despite more debt fears
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Blair’s bombshell For all the latest fallout, comment and reaction telegraph.co.uk/labour
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candidates have been accused of plotting such a move if they win the contest.
“If we take this path, the next defeat will be even more stinging,” Mr Blair warns.
The book gives new details of the difficult relationship with Mr Brown when both were in Downing Street.
Mr Blair accuses his chancellor of launching a press campaign against him in 2004 and discloses Mr Brown’s fury after he refused to step down before the 2005 general election. Mr Blair describes seeking to distract the press at the time by releasing details of his heart problem.
After the 2005 general election, the relationship deteriorated further when Mr Blair refused a demand to give ministerial positions to key Brown supporters, including Ed Balls.
He says that within days of the cash-for-honours scandal erupting in 2006 he had a private meeting with Mr Brown to discuss radical pensions reforms drawn up by Lord Turner. He hints that the chancellor threatened to ensure there was an official Labour investigation into the scandal unless Mr Blair shelved the plans. He refused and within two hours, the then Labour Party treasurer gave a television interview which led to the threatened investigation.
Mr Blair also details a series of meetings with Mr Brown over the handover of power in which he effectively accuses his successor of lying. In one meeting, he says, Mr Brown ranted: “You promised to go. Full stop.”
The former prime minister says he had considered sacking his chancellor but concluded Mr Brown was better inside the government than causing trouble outside. In a separate newspaper interview, Mr Blair said he knew Mr Brown would be a “disaster” as prime minister unless he followed the New Labour path.
Mr Blair also uses the memoir to disclose: ŠHow he used to drink a whisky or gin and tonic before his evening meal, then up to half a bottle of wine. He says he became aware it was “becoming a support”. ŠA claim that it was his idea to grant the Bank of England independence, rather than Mr Brown’s as is commonly believed. ŠHe still feels “anguish” about the Iraq war and never guessed “the nightmare” that would unfold after he committed British troops to the American-led invasion.
Mr Blair indicates that he is haunted by his actions, and promises to try to “redeem” something from the tragedy. He says he will dedicate “a large part of the life left to me,” to working for peace in the region.
He also discloses how American hawks, particularly Dick Cheney, the former vicepresident, were apparently keen to invade other countries in the Middle East, including Syria.
On the subject of regrets, he says that he and Jack Straw, the then home secretary, were not prepared for the explosion in asylum claims within three years of Labour gaining power. He describes the system as being “broken, incompetent”.
He also expresses regret over not having done more to tackle the emerging underclass.
Mr Blair tells how in May 2007, just before he stood down, he was approached by David Miliband, the former foreign secretary, who asked whether he should challenge for the Labour leadership. “What would happen if I went for it?” Mr Miliband asked. “You could win, I think,” Mr Blair replied. But Mr Miliband chose not to stand.
The memoir also discloses Mr Blair’s private thoughts about some of the figures closest to him in his administration and encounters with members of the Royal family.
He describes Alastair Campbell, his spin doctor, as a type of “madman” who was indispensable at first but was “on the edge of a cliff” by the time he resigned in 2003.
Mr Blair muses over affairs that Bill Clinton and John Prescott were each exposed as having during his time in office. Mr Prescott’s mistake was to cheat with someone he worked with, Mr Blair says.
He also recounts a tale of Mr Prescott balancing his tea cup and saucer on his stomach while talking to the Prince of Wales, while George WBush is praised for his intelligence.
An entire chapter is devoted to the death of Princess Diana within months of his election. He says that both he and the princess were “manipulators”.
He describes the Queen’s reaction as “haughty” because of her initial refusal to return to London from Balmoral.
Mr Brown spent the day of the book’s publication at his Scottish home and is yet to
‘What rubbish! One whisky and half a bottle of wine? that’s not problem drinking’
‘Stay back! Gordon Brown is up there and he’s reading
Tony Blair’s book’
respond to the accusations that he effectively sought to blackmail his predecessor. One former Cabinet minister has urged Mr Brown to write his own memoir to give his version of events.
Lord Prescott, the former deputy prime minister who often acted as a go-between between the two men, said the book presented a “one-sided version” of the relationship.
He warned of the “real danger” of Labour drifting into the wilderness for years if the leadership contest descended into a civil war between Blairite and Brownite factions. “The dangers are – as we saw with the Tories [after 1997] – that if the divisions continue and there is a suggestion that one [candidate] won’t follow if the other is elected, that would be very, very damaging for us,” he said. “It damaged Labour for 18 years, it damaged the Tories for 13 years.
“We have a fight now between ‘Is it Left, is it Right, is it New, is it Labour?’ Forget all that. Let’s all be Labour and get behind the new leader.”
Last week, Mr Balls called for an end to the “recriminations”.
“Tony Blair was Labour’s most successful prime minister and Gordon Brown the most successful chancellor,” he said. “And for all the tensions, difficulties and arguments which undoubtedly happened, they achieved great things together.”
Andy Burnham, who is also running for the party leadership, said he was “saddened” that Mr Blair had chosen to publish his book at such an important time. He said the “battles of the past” should not enter into the election. He said: “It really does sadden me that Tony has chosen this day to publish this book.”
Ed Miliband, who is caught in the crossfire between the camps, also urged Labour to “move on” from the past.
In a memo to members, David Miliband said: “I respect both Tony and Gordon deeply. But their time has passed. We need to stop their achievements being sidelined and their failings holding us back.”
Mr Blair came close to endorsing the Coalition’s decision to pay down the bulk of Britain’s deficit in the current parliament. His comments forced the candidates for the Labour leadership to make it clear where they stood on reducing the deficit.
Mr Blair warned that: “The danger now is this: if governments don’t tackle deficits, the bill is footed by taxpayers, who fear that big deficits now mean big taxes in the future.”
Mr Balls said he would put “growth and jobs first” and “get the deficit down more slowly” than was planned even under Labour’s preelection plans.
David Miliband said: “We cannot have a Labour Party that is in denial about the need to reduce the deficit.”
Mr Blair was in Washington last week for a dinner at the White House, having postponed a book launch party in London. His memoir, however, dominated the Westminster agenda.
Diane Abbott, the Left-wing candidate for the leadership, called Mr Blair’s intervention “depressing” and attacked the former prime minister for trying to control the party from “the political grave”.
She added: “The party should be looking forward. I’m surprised Tony Blair couldn’t have waited a decent interval before putting the knife into Gordon Brown. It’s not helpful at this point.”
Party figures who experienced the Blair-Brown relationship first-hand expressed concern that the row would escalate with devastating effects for the party.
A senior Labour source said: “There is great surprise that Tony has done this, given the amount of history between him and Gordon. It will take a lot of restraint from Gordon to stay silent while having his character vilified like this.”
One ally of Mr Brown talked last week about an understanding that had existed between the two leading men of New Labour which ensured that neither bad-mouthed the other publicly. That had now been blown apart by Mr Blair, the ally added.
David Blunkett, the former home secretary, said he expected Mr Brown to write his own version of events at some stage, although that is unlikely to be in the book that Mr Brown is publishing this autumn on the financial crisis.
Michael Dugher, a Labour MPwho worked as an adviser for Blairite ministers before becoming a spokesman for Mr Brown, said: “We will always be grateful for what Tony did but it’s time to focus on the future and not on has-beens.” telegraph.co.uk/expat
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By Matthew Moore WAYNE ROONEY, the England footballer, was unable to prevent the publication of fresh claims that he slept with a prostitute because he had previously spoken of his shame at paying for sex, it is understood.
Details of Rooney’s alleged infidelities came to light on Sunday after the Manchester United forward decided not to pursue a super-injunction to suppress the revelations. They included claims that he slept with the prostitute while his wife, Coleen, was pregnant.
In recent weeks three other England players have obtained gagging orders to prevent the publication of claims about their private lives. The Telegraph understands that Rooney considered applying for a super-injunction on the grounds of privacy. But he was advised that it would probably fail because he had previously chosen to share intimate details of his life with the media. In 2004, Rooney spoke publicly of his “regret” at visiting massage parlours and prostitutes as a teenager, insisting that the incidents took place before his relationship with Mrs Rooney, when he was “very young and immature”.
The Rooneys also sold the picture rights to their 2008 wedding to a magazine for a reported £2.5million – a fact that would have been considered by a judge in an application for privacy.
The latest allegations, published in the News of the World and Sunday Mirror, centre on a 21-year-old prostitute who claims she had
Jennifer Thompson, a 21year-old prostitute (above) claims she slept with Wayne Rooney (top right, with his son Kai), while his wife, Coleen (right) was pregnant a series of encounters with Rooney, 24, while his wife, also 24, was expecting their first child.
Jennifer Thompson, who charges her clients £1,200 a night, claimed that on one occasion the footballer asked her to come to his family home for intercourse, while his wife was away. She says she rejected the offer out of respect for Mrs Rooney, who gave birth to a son, Kai, in November.
The Rooneys declined to comment on the allegations.
Max Clifford, the publicist, said he thought Rooney had been badly advised.
“Despite the circumstances of his case, he still had a good chance of obtaining an injunction,” he said. “Most judges are still very much in favour of privacy. I understand they wanted to bring an injunction but were told it was unlikely to work.”
Rooney’s decision not to block publication comes at a time when rising numbers of high-profile figures are turning to the courts to suppress negative stories. Judges have been accused of introducing a privacy law by stealth.
Football reports, pages 45-46
By Ian Chadband WHEN the final whistle went, England’s rugby women slumped to the turf at The Stoop, battered and bruised, physically and mentally shattered, having given 100 per cent to wrest the World Cup from New Zealand. They were distraught but had no need to beat themselves up.
They were defeated by a Black Ferns team who are one of the great sides in world sport, men or women, having lifted the crown for a fourth successive time.
England were magnificent, their skill, spirit and heart a lesson for other more hyped, garlanded and pro-funded sports outfits. Yet they simply could not break through the sheer uncompromising will of a New Zealand side who have lost only three of 58 games in their entire 20-year history.
Forget any patronising thoughts about women’s sport; this was just great sport, full stop. A rousing, thunderous occasion to make the spirits soar, played out in front of a 13,253 crowd, which shows just how much this tournament has captured the imagination.
It should have been no surprise because we may well be in the middle of the greatest era in the history of women’s sport, and British women’s sport in particular.
England’s football women reached the European Championship final last year, while the cricket team lifted both the World Cup and Twenty20 crowns. Skeleton rider AmyWilliams became the first Briton to win an individual winter Olympic gold medal for 30 years in Vancouver, while a record number of women, 27, won Olympic medals in Beijing, among them seven golds.
Last Saturday night, the England women’s hockey team had reached the World Cup semi-finals for the first time in 20 years. With world champions in athletics, like Jessica Ennis, and swimming, like Gemma Spofforth, Britain’s women athletes are leading the way.
And, here, we had the memories of Joanna McGilchrist’s remarkable trysaving tackle on New Zealand’s Carla Hohepa and Maggie Alphonsi’s impression of a bulldozer to help take women’s rugby to the next level. How, though, do you breach that invisible black wall?
Women’s hockey, page 44
By James Kirkup and Myra Butterworth HM REVENUE and Customs admitted last week that 4.3million people were in line for tax rebates because they overpaid a total of £1.8billion in tax between 2008 and April this year.
A further 1.4million face demands for repayment because they paid too little.
The tax body said the situation was a natural consequence of the Pay-AsYou-Earn (PAYE) system, where pay and taxes are reconciled at the end of every year.
But the full scale of the problem is laid bare this week. HMRC records show that in addition to the 4.3million cases it admitted to last week, “legacy” errors may have resulted in another 5.8million people overpaying income tax before March 2008.
They may now have to wait for rebates from the Government for up to four years.
The disclosure of the full scale of the problem follows the introduction last year of a new HMRC computer, which is thought to be better able to spot the discrepancies that led to under and overpayments.
Experts said the problem of overpaid and underpaid tax was growing as PAYE failed to reflect the modern workplace and its frequent changes of job, pay and benefits and accompanying changes in people’s tax codes. The recession is likely to make the problem worse.
Coalition ministers will argue that the errors were caused by the overcomplicated system that grew up under Labour.
ATreasury source said: “We inherited an absolute shambles from Labour and we are acting to get a grip on it as soon as possible.”
The first letters from HMRC to those facing repayments for 2008-10 were due to arrive on Tuesday, with everyone affected due to be informed by Christmas.
Tax offices were expected to be deluged with phone calls and emails from worried taxpayers on Monday, but HMRC has made no special provision, since it considers the mistakes to be “normal”.
HMRC insisted on Sunday that no more underpayments or overpayments will emerge for the years 2008-10.
Tax officials have identified another £3billion in overpaid tax from the years before 2008-10. HMRC said it hoped to repay at least some of that money within four years.
By Jon Swaine and Heidi Blake SCOTLAND Yard has asked to see new evidence in the News of the World phone-tapping case in the first sign that police may be poised to reopen the investigation.
Detectives have asked The New York Times to hand over the transcript of an interview with Sean Hoare, a former reporter who claimed last week that Andy Coulson, who was editor of the Sunday tabloid, personally asked him to eavesdrop on phone calls.
Mr Coulson, who is now chief of communications at No10 Downing Street, has denied having any knowledge that the phones of celebrities and politicians were hacked during his time as editor.
But Mr Hoare told the US newspaper that Mr Coulson had presided over a culture of phone hacking. He went on to repeat the claims in an interview with BBC radio.
Assistant Commissioner John Yates said in a statement on Sunday night: “We have repeatedly asked [The New York Times] for any new material that they have for us to consider. We were never made aware of the material from Sean Hoare before the article’s publication.
“We have sought additional information from them and will consider this material,
along with Sean Hoare’s recent BBC radio interview, and will consult the Crown Prosecution Service on how best to progress it.”
The statement was the first indication that police may reopen their inquiries into claims that reporters listened to the voicemail messages of prominent figures.
Lord Mandelson was among those targeted by the private investigator who hacked mobile phones for the newspaper, it was claimed. An invoice for work carried out on his mobile phone was reported to have appeared on documents seized during an investigation that led to Clive Goodman, a journalist, and Glenn Mulcaire, a private detective, being jailed in 2007.
The newspaper denies the claims and Lord Mandelson refused to comment.
Lord Prescott said his name featured on invoices and has threatened to take legal action to force police to release any documents relating to him that were seized.
MrYates repeated the Met’s assurance that there was “no evidence” that the former deputy prime minister’s phone was hacked.
Mr Coulson resigned as editor when Goodman and Mulcaire were jailed for listening to the voicemails of royal aides.