Is this going to be enough to draw a line under the affair?
“But Damian did write and send those emails, I did respond hastily and stupidly and now, thanks – it appears – to someone hacking into my private emails, they are in the public domain. Damian has paid a heavy price for writing them but I have to stress one important point: without the hacking they would never ever have seen the light of day. They were destined for the trash can. But we should never really have considered the idea and I am sorry we did. We got ourselves drawn into the most negative part of the blogosphere when we should have been concentrating exclusively on the more positive aspects as a model for LabourList.”
“So I am sorry. I am particularly sorry to the individuals mentioned in those juvenile emails, and especially sorry to Nadine Dorries, George and Frances Osborne and David and Samantha Cameron. I can understand why they â€“ and others â€“ may be sceptical but all I can do is absolutely promise that these stories were just daft ideas that never â€“ and would never have – got off the drawing board.”
“…I want to draw a line under this email affair and make it absolutely clear that we will be doing that by discussing issues, policies and campaigning… That is because LabourList is about ideas and not smears.”