Sunday, October 5, 2008

Mandelson damned PM to top Tory

Peter Mandelson “dripped pure poison” about Gordon Brown into the ear of a senior Conservative just weeks before his extraordinary cabinet come-back, it was claimed last night.

Mandelson is alleged to have laid out a long and detailed critique of the prime minister’s failings in a private conversation with a leading member of David Cameron’s top team.

In addition, Mandelson, who was summoned back to government last week as business secretary, warned that Brown was vulnerable to the charge that he had presided over a “culture of debt”.

It was exactly this criticism of Labour that became the main theme of the Tory conference in Birmingham last week.

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