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Monday 10th December 2012
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The PM was the guest at lobby lunch, and he made a well-received speech with several decent jokes. Here are the best: "Thank you for reminding me that my Europe speech is as yet unmade. This is a tantric approach to policy-making. It will be even better when it does eventually come. That wasn't in the script!"
"It gives me great pleasure to come and give you personally my warm greetings for Christmas, best wishes for the New Year. In the spirit of the way the coalition works now, Nick Clegg will be along soon to give you a seperate message, but if you listen carefully very much the same message."
"It has been an interesting year for the press. I am sorry about some of the challenges you have faced. There have been some tragedies - one of the great papers of record has finally closed and gone, and I was sad when The Dandy went."
On the process post-Leveson: "How do we get the Guardian and the Daily Mail in the same room at the same time? There is no truth in the rumour that I said 'all those who hate Tony Blair come in here'. But that would have worked."