Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Are Accused of Trying to Rig Pm's Radio Phone-In

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Tories Are Accused of Trying to Rig Pm's Radio Phone-In

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Byline: CHARLES REISS

MICHAEL HOWARD was today accused of a "dirty tricks" plot after the Conservative party was caught out attempting to swamp a radio phone-in to Tony Blair with hostile calls.

The Prime Minister is scheduled to take calls from listeners for an hour on LBC today, in a broadcast heralded by Downing Street yesterday morning.

Within hours an email from Conservative party headquarters was circulated to hundreds of councillors and other activists urging them to call in and give Mr Blair a hard time on the Hutton Inquiry and other issues.

The email, seen by the Evening Standard says: "The Prime Minister is doing a phone-in between 10-11am tomorrow on

LBC 97.3FM. We would like our supporters to phone in and question him.

Obviously he is vulnerable on Hutton and tuition fees."

The message also carries a detailed briefing paper with a note reading: "Please DO NOT pass to the media."

Labour, delighted that the Tories had apparently been caught out, were quick to attack. …

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