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Wednesday, 19 July, 2000, 02:44 GMT 03:44 UK
Labour's leaks: A recent history
Confidential folders
Breach of confidence - the leaks continue
The latest leak from the heart of government is the ninth embarrassing disclosure in three months for Prime MinisterTony Blair.

This time the memo - from top advisor Philip Gould to Mr Blair and other high-ranking colleagues - warns that Labour is not getting its message across.

Leak one

13 May: An e-mail from Downing Street Private Secretary Clare Summer revealed that Mr Blair was dissatisfied with researchers.

It said they were failing to come up with the "killer facts" he needed to succeed against Opposition leader William Hague in exchanges at Prime Minister's Question Time in the Commons.

Leak two

27 May: A memo from Mr Gould to Press Secretary Alastair Campbell showed Labour's increasing sense of insecurity, as high profile national problems were exploited successfully by the Conservatives.

It said Tory leader William Hague's position on asylum seekers was "speaking for the mainstream majority" and conceded that the government had been beaten on the issue.

Leak three

10 June: The second leak of a memo from Mr Gould to Mr Campbell read: "TB... lacks conviction, he is all spin and presentation, he says things to please people not because he believes them. TB has not delivered. He is out of touch."

The memo, which also highlighted the PM's very public failure before the Women's Institute, gave William Hague ammunition for a Tory field day.

Leak four

3 July: A memo from Andrew Fraser, chief executive of the Department of Trade and Industry's Invest in Britain Bureau, to Trade and Industry Secretary Stephen Byers, warned of a "meltdown" in manufacturing industry if the UK stayed outside the euro.

The memo went on to say that euro membership was "indispensable" and Tony Blair needed to tackle Eurosceptics "head on".

Leak five

4 July: A note from Stephen Gomersall, Britain's Ambassador to Japan, intended for Foreign Secretary Robin Cook, reopened the euro wound by suggesting that uncertainty over the single currency was putting Japanese investment in the UK in jeopardy.

The memo said of the government's intention to join the euro: "Any sign that the government was back-tracking in its timetable for decision taking could trigger a strong move towards disinvestment in the manufacturing sector."

Leak six

9 July: Leaked correspondence disclosed that the deputy prime minister demanded in Cabinet a weekly inquest into why the government had lost its grip on the media.

Leak seven

15 July: A memo from Tony Blair's private secretary Anji Hunter showed attempts to stage-manage a BBC fly-on-the-wall documentary to be filmed within Downing Street.

It disclosed that civil servants were being ordered to show more "bonhomie" towards ministers for the cameras' benefit.

Leak eight

17 July: A personal memo from Tony Blair showed that he was worried the government was seen as "out of touch with gut British instincts".

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