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No 10 official quits over e-mails

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One of Gordon Brown's senior officials has resigned after sending e-mails which reportedly discussed smearing senior Conservatives.

The e-mails were originally sent to former government spin doctor Derek Draper, who runs a pro-Labour blog.

He spoke to the BBC after news broke that Damain McBride, the prime minister's former political press officer, had resigned.

Mr Draper said it was a high price to pay for sending a "silly e-mail to a mate"

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