Fiona Woolf letter: how it changed over seven re-writes


By David Barrett, Home Affairs Correspondent
30 Oct 2014

A sequence of seven letters were published by the Commons’ home affairs select committee after being disclosed to the MPs by Fiona Woolf.

Through the initial drafts, a picture of her contact with Lord Brittan and his wife over a number of years was slowly built up and then, in the final version, detail was cut out and relationships appeared to be​ more oblique.

By setting out that there were “no other guests who attended” the dinners at the Brittans’ home in November 2009 and February 2012, Mrs Woolf conveyed an image of an intimate soiree with friends.

It may be that Mrs Woolf simply mis-remembered the nature of those dinners.

But by saying in the final version of the letter that there were “at least four other guests”, the meals sound more formal and perhaps hint at the atmosphere of a business event.

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