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    1. One last personal memory of David Cameron, Europe and me. June 2012, Brussels, Cameron press conference -and @jameskirkup asked a great q

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    2. The Tory party were in full hue and cry by this point mid coalition. 100 MPs wrote to PM demanding a referendum. He didnt want to give it

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    3. Cameron made a misjudged answer to @jameskirkup at the press conference. "The argument (on he EU) is going in our direction" he claimed

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    4. Cameron was at his most flippant and careless in Brussels to @jameskirkup that day. This is what he said.

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    5. That wasn't the message they wanted to hear back home. The headlines weren't pretty

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    6. It was a Saturday and in private the Tories went into meltdown. Number 10 calling round for damage limitation. But it was bad

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    7. Number 10 panicked and changed tack. The next day they offered the chance of a referendum in the Sunday Telegraph

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    8. The Hague Telegraph article was the very first time a government minister offered referendum & alleged to have been written on a runway

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    9. And so it was done. Referendum genie out of the bottle. Postscript .....

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    10. For months afterwards, David Cameron blamed me in private for "misreporting" his comments that day which triggered the panicked response

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