Gordon Brown tells Leveson he never gave permission for Sun story about son
THE FORMER British Labour Prime Minister Gordon Brown denies he or his wife Sarah ever gave permission for The Sun to publish a story about their son's diagnosis with cystic fibrosis.
Mr Brown giving evidence at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics, was questioned about a story on The Sun's front-page about his son, Fraser, being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in 2006.
He said The Sun claimed to have received the story from "a man on the street".
"I never believed that could have been correct. At best he could have been the middleman because there were only a small number of people who knew that our son had cystic fibrosis," he said.
He added Fife health board now believes "a working member of NHS staff" passed the information to The Sun through a middleman and has since apologised.
A Sun journalist phoned his press office saying they had the information about his son and that they were going to run the story.
Rebekah Brooks, editor of The Sun, claimed at the inquiry last month that Mr Brown's wife Sarah had given explicit permission for the story to be published.
Mr Brown said he was presented with a "fait accompli" – there was "no question" The Sun would run the story.
He "absolutely" denied consent was ever given by either he or his wife to the story being published.
He said that "I don't think there's any parent in the land" who would have given permission for this story to be published.