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Browns refute Brooks' permission claim

Browns refute Brooks' permission claim
Gordon Brown has rejected Rebekah Brooks' claim that he gave permission for the Sun to publish a story revealing his son had cystic fibrosis.

In a statement Mr Brown and his wife Sarah said: "The idea that we would have volunteered our permission or were happy that a story about our son's health was about to enter the public domain is untrue.

"We remain concerned that there is no satisfactory explanation of how private medical information, known to very few people, got into the hands of The Sun and the possible payments involved."

Giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today, the former News International chief executive said: “If the Browns had asked me not to have run it, I wouldn’t have done”.

She criticised the former Prime Minister's assertion in 2011 that the story had been obtained by phone hacking, and claimed he had not raised these objections when the story was published in 2006.

Ms Brooks also used her appearance to deny allegations that the Sun, where she used to be editor, had threatened the Government with negative publicity if it did not back certain campaigns.

Her relationship with David Cameron also came under scrutiny in her testimony, when it was revealed that Mr Cameron commiserated her when she resigned from News International after the phone hacking scandal, and that the Prime Minister sometimes ended texts to her with “LOL”.

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