Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blair Talked to Me but 'Tribal' Brown Won't, Says Cameron

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Blair Talked to Me but 'Tribal' Brown Won't, Says Cameron

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Byline: ANNE McELVOY

DAVID CAMERON has made a stinging attack on Gordon Brown's "tribal"recordand contrasted the premier's failure to liaise regularly on the terror threatwith his own relationship with Tony Blair.

Mr Cameron said: "Gordon's interesting because he made a great play when hefirst came in of being crossparty.

But to me that didn't ring true at all because he is quite a tribal politician.

"I used to have a reasonable relationship with Blairwe met and talked about issues, particularly terrorism.

With Brown I can't say the phone has been ringing off the hook." Mr Cameron wasspeaking in an interview for BBC Radio 4 programme The Jam Generation, whichwill be broadcast on Sunday. Downing Street sources revealed that just over aweek ago the two men did meet at Mr Brown's invitation to discuss the use ofintercept evidence in terror trials.

A No 10 insider said the attack was "rather surprising" in the light of thisencounter, adding: "Then again, Mr Cameron has never let the facts get in theway of his increasingly personal attacks on the Prime Minister. …

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