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LONDON – Britain was abuzz with rumors on Monday over the identity of two of
Prime Minister David Cameron’s close team of advisers, whose secret love affair
could have serious political implications for him and the
Cameron held crisis talks at his Downing Street residence in
the aftermath of the revelation of the secret affair, reported by The Mail on
Sunday newspaper, which has the potential to “blow the political agenda out of
For legal reasons the identity of the people involved and
details of the relationship cannot be disclosed.
Newspapers are only
saying that they are “middle-aged,” not cabinet members and that the love affair
has since ended.
“This revelation is dynamite,” a senior source told The
Mail on Sunday
. “None of us could believe it when we first heard it. Then we
just thought, ‘What a complete mess.’”
The source added that, apart from the
huge political implications, the revelation had caused “great personal distress
to innocent parties.”
The prime minister and his aides were said to be
discussing the implications should their identities become public. Cameron was
said to have been “stunned” by the news and aware of the political fallout the
revelations could pose.
However, on Monday a Downing Street spokesman
said “There have been no crisis talks or meetings.”
Questions were being
asked on Monday as to why The Mail on Sunday
, a publication that prides itself
on exposés, gossip and investigative journalism, will not name the
“Presumably the reason they can’t be named is either the
newspaper’s sudden sensitivity to intrusion into private lives,” said political
commentator Rod Liddle in The Spectator magazine.
“Or perhaps there has
been one of those injunctions where you can’t even say there’s been an
Roy Greenslade, professor of journalism and Guardian
blogger, said: “Of course, it could be nothing more than journalistic hype, but
I somehow doubt that. It’s not in the nature of the [The Mail on Sunday
“So what’s it all about?” he continued. “What ‘legal
reasons’ prevent us from knowing more? Is there an injunction in place, an
anonymized injunction possibly? I have asked and, as yet, no answers. I would
guess that [The Mail on Sunday
]’ s lawyers have advised those in the know to say
The exposure comes as Cameron faces challenges over Britain’s
role in Europe, gay marriage and other sex scandals in parliament that have come
to light during his tenure.
Last month, Nigel Evans, a Conservative MP
and deputy speaker of the House of Commons, was arrested following allegations
of rape that he said are “completely false,” and Liberal Democrat MP Mike
Hancock is set to face a disciplinary hearing over allegations of sexual
Last week, senior Conservative MP Patrick Mercer resigned after
he was caught by undercover journalists agreeing to take cash to lobby for a
cause in parliament.