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Picture 7 After an initial story in last weekend's Mail on Sunday, today the details of Gordon Brown's interview with Piers Morgan, to be broadcast on Sunday, officially begin seeping out.

The Times splashes on the story, saying that the Prime Minster "opens up to voters as never before" whilst the Daily Mail also has a good deal of coverage of the personal nature of the encounter.

Based on the reports, it would appear that Mr Brown speaks extensively about the death of his daughter, Jennifer Jane, and the illness suffered by his son Fraser – which could lead to charges of hypocrisy. At the 2008 Labour conference, the Prime Minister made a thinly-veiled sideswipe at David Cameron – who has regularly opened up to the media about his family – when he said:

"Some people have been asking why I haven't served my children up for spreads in the papers. And my answer is simple. My children aren't props; they're people."

Also on the personal front, he admits during the course of the interview to downing six pints a night as a student and claims to have had "lots of girlfriends".

Aside from discussion of his personal and family life, Brown also tells Morgan that the deal with Tony Blair over the leadership was not forged over dinner at Granita in 1994:

"That's been one of the great myths. I'd already agreed with Tony before that, before that dinner that he would stand for the leadership and I would stay on as the shadow chancellor."

But as the Daily Telegraph reports, Brown goes on to say how he did want the Labour leadership after John Smith's death:

"I believed I could do the job, I believed that I’d got the experience and built up the experience to do it.”

And on the fights with Blair in government, he says:

"It’s better to be open and honest and say there were disagreements about certain things."

There's a first time for everything…

> Watch ITN's report with clips of the interview here.

Jonathan Isaby

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