June 28th, 2012

Exclusive: Gordon Disputes Times’s Story
Claims Son’s Cystic Fibrosis Was Not Known

The Times is reporting that News International has written to the Leveson Inquiry asking them to seek further evidence from Gordon Brown over his claim that they illegally accessed his son’s medical records. The move comes after the Dundee-based Sunday Post revealed that they had got a story about his son a few weeks earlier but decided not to run it after contacting Brown. The Sun denied Brown’s claim when he made it last July at the height of the phone-hacking scandal claiming the source was a “dad whose son also has the crippling disease and he wanted to highlight the plight of sufferers”. Claim and counter-claim are being traded.

News International asked the inquiry to seek written evidence from The Sunday Post and Mr Brown. Sources at The Sunday Post tell Guido they only knew that Brown’s son was unwell, not his exact illness. When they contacted Brown’s spokesman and he refused to comment they left the matter there and did not pursue it. Guido sources tell him that Brown’s lawyers will be contacting News International shortly to advise them accordingly in the strongest possible terms. Brown is adamant, and will it appears be backed up by The Sunday Post if required, that his son’s illness was not in the public domain. 


34 Comments

  1. 1
    Oink Oink says:

    Brown is bonkers and lying.

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  2. 2
    Owain Glyndwr says:

    whats the point,brown,blair,mandlebum,campbell and all the rest lying through their teeth, and nothing will be done about,that second rate lawyer leveson has given them a get out jail card.

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  3. 3
    Jessie James says:

    How come there are two versions of this story and what’s this Media Guido Thingy?

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    • 4
      Quisling says:

      This half is being spun out and sold ala NI

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      • 11
        Moving forward the amateur marketing experience says:

        He could have given it a more generic name. “Media Guido” is a bit chained to the Guido Fawkes thing.

        I’d have called it, “Medi@/reevYO!” which is very right-on and trendy and probably worth £50,000.

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  4. 5
    Baron Hogwash says:

    “The Sunday Post heard about the baby’s condition weeks before they were published in The Sun”.

    Now lets get lawyers to work what was meant by the word “condition”.

    Who to believe – The Sunday Post or NI (who Gordon is at war with.

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  5. 6
    Disgruntled Sheffielder says:

    I don’t like this for the same reason I was appalled by the Milly Dowler affair.

    I might not have time for the bloke, but please let’s have some decency and leave a sick little boy out of it all.

    I thought we’d accepted that it had been leaked by some scum at the hospital.

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    • 9
      Clare in the Community says:

      Bown started it. His wife Sarah gave Rebekah Brooks pemission to run the story and also raise money for cystic Fibrosis. Gordon is using his ill son in his revenge for the Sun withdrawing their support for Labour on his big party speech day. No one forced him to stand up in parliament and do 60 minute rant on the subject.

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  6. 7
    Glyn H says:

    They we that upset that La Brooks was invited to overnight with Mrs Brown etc.? She is a very understanding woman? Brown was currying favour with NI in the worse possible way. Man of Principle? My left tit.

    He is an ogre who set out to debauch the economy of the UK in the most partisan way. What is extraordinary that seemingly 40% of the voters don’t get it!

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    • 22
      jgm2 says:

      50% of voters have less than average IQ. I think we’ve identified 80% of them. Or, rather, they’ve identified themselves.

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  7. 10
    Ed Miliband - Leader of the Indignant Student Politics Party says:

    It simply beggars belief.

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  8. 12
    gramma says:

    Investigative / illegal journalism?
    Concerned Dad wishing to highlight the plight of sufferers?
    NHS staff leaking private medical records?

    With the amount of infighting that was prevalent in the Labour ranks where group A was doing it’s best to undermine group B the probability of a political confidant leaking information told in trust is also possible. Consider the family aspect too. It would appear Sally B and Sarah G are renouned gossips for revealing anything and everything to all and sundry. Pyjama parties anyone? Guido’s site relies on these individuals as all media do too.
    Sometimes medical / family life information cannot be kept under wraps in that it can have a direct effect on the individual in the hot seat- e.g. Blair’s daughter’s attempted suicide. Gordon’s pill and potion habits.
    The truth will always out. Money talks.

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  9. 13
    dw says:

    Maybe I’ve got the dates mixed up, but wasn’t the same story published on the grauniad website before the Times went to print?

    McDoom’s lawyers aren’t going after GMG as well…

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    • 17
      Owain Glyndwr says:

      Grauniad website was given the story by the hand of god, so you cant sue. so there

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    • 18
      Ed Moribund says:

      The Guardian has good intentions so we are not interested in going after them.

      Rumours of Rupert having a recording of Gordon in a full on Nokia throwing tantrum are untrue.

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  10. 19

    What is this media Guido? – Still order-order ?

    I feel like Vince Cable.

    Where am I ..what’s going on? who’s there? this isn’t the same place as we went to last year? Is it tea time again?

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  11. 20
    Fifer says:

    Fife health services are completely inept and corrupt when dealing with issues of confidentiality.

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    • 23
      jgm2 says:

      It might be his own multi-billion pound ‘confidential’ NHS records system being accessed by one of the 1,000,000 NHS staff who will have access.

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    • 30
      Cream Puff says:

      Heres a question
      Why would Fife Health Board accept responsabilty for leaking the condition of Brown’s son, if Brown’s son was being treated and was a petientof Edinburgh Sick Children’s hospital ? Given that Edinburgh Sick Kids is not in the Fife Health Board are, but in Lothian Health Board.
      The only connection between the Browns and Fife Health board, is their North Queensferry GP.

      This would then suggest that the leak either came from the GP, the GP’s surgery or the Brown’s themselves. Its doubtful that neither the GP or his surgey would leak so must have come from the Brown’s (directly or indirectly). So why did Fife Heath Board state that it ‘may have come from them’ Simple actually, its stuffed full of Brown’s placemen, who were told to issue a statement that it ‘may have been responsible for the leak’

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  12. 25
    Witchy Poo Media Tripe. says:

    Which part of this crap is believable?

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  13. 26
    A Smith says:

    It is not “extraordinary that seemingly 40% of the voters don’t get it!”. They’re in the pay of GB’s state, and dogs don’t bight the butcher’s hand which feeds them.

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