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Craig Oliver is in full denial mode after former Telegraph editor Tony Gallagher went after him on the Today programme, suggesting that the Downing Street spin boss cited Leveson when trying to shut down the Maria Miller story:
“It is entirely false to suggest that I tried to threaten him with Leveson in any way. The conversation I had with him was about the inappropriate doorstepping of an elderly man (Maria Miller’s father).”
Gallagher has hinted to the Daily Politics that he has a tape. Craig emailed the show live to say “Tony is talking rubbish about me, and you can use that”.
This is getting serious…
UPDATE: Gallagher has hit back: “it’s almost as if Craig wants to make the story about him. It isn’t. He is a human shield for Miller. He adds “Incidentally, I note there is no denial coming from Jo Hindley.”
UPDATE II: No tape.
No tape of Craig Oliver: @gallaghereditor: "no tape of Craig – but there is a contemporaneous note. My account has not changed from Dec 12"
— Guido Fawkes (@GuidoFawkes) April 4, 2014