More McBride book revelations
Gordon Brown's former spin doctor Damian McBride has revealed how David Cameron wanted to go on holiday amid a huge foot and mouth crisis in 2007.
Mr McBride's memoirs of his controversial period as the former Prime Minister's press aide, which has threatened to overshadow conference, details the "first crisis" of the Brown premiership.
The outbreak on a beef farm in Surrey in August 2007 sent jitters within the leadership given the woeful handling of the foot and mouth crisis in 2001, which devastated the Westcountry's farming and tourism industry.
Mr McBride recalls the Prime Minister, enjoying a caravan holiday in Dorset, taking a phone call confirming the outbreak. He writes: "He gestured me in, hand over the phone, and said: 'Bloody foot and mouth disease!'"
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He recounts how Mr Brown and Mr Cameron, then leader of the Tory opposition, spoke early on. "The tone was pretty friendly, and towards the end Cameron asked Gordon almost pleadingly when he thought things would stabilise sufficiently so Gordon could go back to Dorset and Cameron could go back to Brittany," he writes in the book, Power Trip. "His exact words were: 'I can't go until you do, and we won't get a holiday at this rate. But you really have to go away first'."