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This morning (so far) the fight appears to have moved on to between Cameron and the Palace

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Mr Bryant says "very senior people at Buckingham Palace" expressed concern about David Cameron taking Andy Coulson into Downing Street, concerns which "got to senior figures at Downing Street".

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Back to Chris Bryant now, and the sourcing of his claims on the BBC that "very senior people at Buckingham Palace" were concerned about David Cameron taking former News of the World editor Andy Coulson into Downing Street.

Mr Bryant says it's from a "very good source", albeit an indirect one. He says he had "spoken to the person who spoke to the person".

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0942: Laura Kuenssberg Chief political correspondent, BBC News channel

Buckingham Palace are unlikely to want to get involved in this whole thing, but perhaps the tone of any statement, or the lack of any statement, might give us clues to whether or not there's anything in this.

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More on Labour MP Chris Bryant's claims that Buckingham Palace had expressed concern over Mr Coulson's appointment as No 10's communications director. A Downing Street source says at no point did the Palace try to warn officials at No 10 or of Mr Cameron's political team against the appointment.

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More on Chris Bryant's suggestion that Buckingham Palace had expressed concerns about the appointment of Andy Coulson. A Palace spokeswoman says: "No royal officials raised concerns about Mr Coulson's appointment with Downing Street. We do not comment on the private conversations of members of the royal family."

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1042: Peter Hunt Royal correspondent, BBC News

Royal sources have called the suggestion the Queen might have got involved "really speculative" and urged that people view the idea with "caution".

Its very very unusual for palace advice to get out in public, and if it didn't call attention to Camerons apparent bad judgement,  the more royal interested tory commentators would be shouting and screaming about a constitutional crisis

Senior Royal by the way is the code phrase for one of three royals, either the queen, Prince Philip, or Prince Charles.

Any idiot can face a crisis - it's day to day living that wears you out.

by ceebs (ceebs (at) eurotrib (dot) com) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 06:28:52 AM EST
Tho' we'll never know, this sounds like the sort of behind the scenes meddling for which Charles is becoming notorious.

The Queen is far too canny and Phillip probably doesn't even know what the NotW is.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Wed Jul 20th, 2011 at 08:30:34 AM EST
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