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David Cameron has held crisis talks at Downing Street after being told of allegations of a sensational love affair which has potentially significant political implications for him.

For legal reasons, The Mail on Sunday cannot disclose the identities of the people involved or any details of the relationship – even its duration – other than that they are middle-aged figures. The affair has now concluded.

But this newspaper can report that when aides told Mr Cameron the identities of the alleged lovers he was ‘stunned’, and, according to sources, ‘immediately realised the importance of the story’.

The Prime Minister and his aides also discussed the possible fallout should details of the affair become public – and how such disclosure could ‘blow out of the water’ any major political set pieces planned by No 10.

One senior source told this newspaper last night: ‘This revelation is dynamite. None of us could believe it when we first heard it. Then we just thought, “What a complete mess”.’

The source added that, apart from the political implications, the revelation had caused ‘great personal distress to innocent parties’.

It is understood that the Prime Minister was told of the relationship – which does not involve anyone serving in the Cabinet – within the past few weeks.

If details of the affair do emerge, it could place a further strain on Mr Cameron’s leadership, which is already being tested by backbench revolts over issues such as Europe and gay marriage and rumours of plots being hatched to overthrow him.

On Friday, he faced a further blow when one of his MPs, Patrick Mercer, resigned the party whip after being caught in a cash-for-questions ‘sting’ operation.

If the affair is revealed, it is likely to cause as much public surprise as the disclosure of the relationship between John Major and Edwina Currie, which was kept secret for nearly two decades until 2002.

When asked about the affair last night, a Downing Street source said: ‘This is not something we can talk about.’

by Anonymousreply 2706/27/2013

Tony Blair and Wendi Deng were the popular opinion but I think it's more likely Andy Coulson and Rebekah Wade.

by Anonymousreply 106/26/2013

I knew Wills and Harry were brother-lovers!

by Anonymousreply 206/26/2013

Prince Philip and Katie Price.

by Anonymousreply 406/26/2013

"immediately realised the importance of the story"

Edward and Mrs Simpson?

by Anonymousreply 506/26/2013

[quote]Andy Coulson and Rebekah Wade.

Zzzzzzzz, if true.

by Anonymousreply 606/26/2013

More like explosive, R6.

by Anonymousreply 706/26/2013

Why, R7?

by Anonymousreply 806/26/2013

Coulson who had been the editor of News of the World but resigned due to an earlier hacking affair became the director of communications for Cameron once he arrived at 10 Downing. That's bad enough. Rebekah Brooks replaced Coulson as editor. If she was sharing a pillow with a man who knew Cameron's and the government's secrets, it's pretty scandalous. She had no compunction about manipulating any source she could, obtaining information through illegal means, or harming people like the Dowlers in pursuit of a story. She was basically Murdoch's Mata Hari.

by Anonymousreply 906/26/2013

I forgot to add, the reason we haven't heard any more than speculation (and why some UK websites' legal depts. have shut down commentary on articles about the lovers) is that there is an injunction prohibiting it. And Coulson and Brooks trials are coming up soon.

by Anonymousreply 1006/26/2013

Will we be able to hear about it after the trials? I hope so.

by Anonymousreply 1106/26/2013

John Major and Edwina Currie had an affair? Are you serious?

by Anonymousreply 1206/26/2013

R12:

Affair with John Major

Currie's Diaries (1987–92), published in 2002, caused a sensation, as they revealed a four-year affair with John Major between 1984 and 1988 while both were married to other people. The affair started while she was a backbencher and Major was the government whip in Margaret Thatcher's government. After Major's promotion to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the relationship ended, but the two remained friends. Currie apparently ceased the affair when it became dangerous and impractical owing to the presence of bodyguards who had to be avoided.[11]

After publication, John Major made a statement saying that he was ashamed of the affair and had privately revealed the matter to his wife. Currie admitted to having been in love with him for years after the end of the affair,[16] and that he had been "the love of her life".[17] However, only weeks after revealing the affair, she publicly criticised Major, accusing him of sexism and racism and of being "one of the less competent prime ministers".[18]

The admission came after years of denial of any affair while in office and a successful libel action against playwright David Hare, who had said a sexually voracious murderer played by Charlotte Rampling in his film Paris by Night (1988) was an "Edwina Currie-like" figure. Currie had also produced several novels with explicitly erotic content - and political background - such as A Parliamentary Affair.[6] Following publication of her diaries, Express Newspapers lawyers re-examined documents in a libel case to see if there was anything in the diaries which would allow them to reopen the case and recoup damages.[19] In March 2000, Currie had been awarded £30,000 against them following a 1997 article entitled "How Edwina is now the vilest lady in Britain".[19][20]

In October 1985, Currie had spoken harshly of Sara Keays, who had had an affair with Cecil Parkinson, calling her a "right cow"[21] for writing about the affair and her consequent pregnancy and, she claimed, ruining Parkinson's career. She had gone on to say, "I feel very, very sorry for Cecil and his family. Most of my thoughts on Sara Keays are unprintable."[22] In 1993, one of the key campaign slogans of John Major's time as Prime Minister, 'Back to Basics', had been widely seen as a call for a return to traditional values in sexual morality as well as in education, law and order.

by Anonymousreply 1306/26/2013

It's funny how the Conservatives seem to have more scandals like these. Repressing shit, probably.

by Anonymousreply 1406/26/2013

any other theories or updates?

by Anonymousreply 1506/26/2013

Do you think David likes anal?

by Anonymousreply 1606/26/2013

Camilla Parker Bowles and the toilet brush in her chamber.

by Anonymousreply 1706/27/2013

Ronnie and Thatcher?

by Anonymousreply 1806/27/2013

I'm going to read this again tonight when I go to bed, so as to assure myself of falling off quickly into a nice deep sleep.

by Anonymousreply 1906/27/2013

This is a brilliant tactic. No mater who it ends up being (unless it's the Queen,) it will never live up to all of this dither.

by Anonymousreply 2006/27/2013

Cameron was warned by impartial informed sources not to touch Coulson, but he insisted on employing him at the heart of No10.

It later emerged that Cameron and Brooks had often socialised in Oxfordshire. (She lent him a horse she later neglected.)

When Coulson resigned from No10 as the hacking scandal began, Cameron was self-righteous and moralistic in defence of Coulson: "Everyone deserves a second chance." (Coulson had previously left that bastion of integrity 'The News Of The World' in dishonour.)

Try to suggest otherwise as he might, the Prime Minister of Great Britain simply looks as though he was used by a couple of venal hacks. If they were fucking, his shame is doubled. All three were of course scuttling around to appease Murdoch, who insists he knew nothing.

How much later emerges depends on the court case result. Many investigations are still ongoing. But one day great and detailed books about Murdoch's deep corruption of British public life will be written. That'll be his legacy.

by Anonymousreply 2106/27/2013

Nice counter strategy. But it's likely Blair and Deng.

by Anonymousreply 2206/27/2013

[quote]Affair with John Major

Currie's Diaries (1987–92), published in 2002, caused a sensation, as they revealed a four-year affair with John Major between 1984 and 1988 while both were married to other people. The affair started while she was a backbencher and Major was the government whip in Margaret Thatcher's government. After Major's promotion to Chief Secretary to the Treasury, the relationship ended, but the two remained friends. Currie apparently ceased the affair when it became dangerous and impractical owing to the presence of bodyguards who had to be avoided.[11]

So, Katie Perry, did you know your boyfriend had an affair with that Chinese gal who was fired from "Good Morning Today"?

by Anonymousreply 2306/27/2013

It would be nice if they could get Murdoch on something. Is anyone still trying, or have they given up?

by Anonymousreply 2406/27/2013

R23 Who is Katie dating? Is it one of the twinks from One Direction?;)

by Anonymousreply 2506/27/2013

[quote]It would be nice if they could get Murdoch on something.

When the hacking scandal was at its news peak there was talk that Murdoch - the late-in-life American citizen - could be in deep trouble if proof were found that his 'journalists' hacked the relatives of 9/11 victims. (Who though would now be surprised?)

That area seems to have gone quiet, but would surely merit attention from a fearless truth-seeker. I realise though that genuine investigative journalists are candidates these days for fatal accidents.

Murdoch's reputation crumbles by the day, and can't recover. He created the culture and pays the salaries. It's likely though that he'll end his days with freedom enough to comprehend his disgrace. What a tragic waste of money and power.

by Anonymousreply 2606/27/2013

This affair is meant to be between members of the Conservative party. Tony Blair may be a right-wing scumbucket, but he's not in the Conservative party. Blair having an affair with anyone would mean nothing for the Tories, and it would only minimally damage the Labour party. Wendy Deng having an affair wouldn't affect British politics in any way at all, unless it was with a current top British politician, and it would only affect the government if the politician was in one of the coalition parties (although neither of the individuals is actually in the government).

by Anonymousreply 2706/27/2013
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