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Ainsworth to sue Daily Mail

The former Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth is suing the Daily Mail over the newspaper's claims that he "bungled" the case of Paul and Rachel Chandler, who were captured by Somali pirates. The paper claimed he was personally responsible for missing two opportunities to rescue the couple under the headline: "Bob the bungler blew TWO chances to save couple held by pirates."


Gordon Brown will continue his general election campaign today. He's expected to tell supporters that the election is wide open, and will unveil proposals for a "Forces Charter" to guarantee rights on housing, education and health for service personnel, their families and veterans.


Former defence secretary Bob Ainsworth has described his difficult relationship with former prime minister Gordon Brown, calling Brown "impossible." "Gordon and I are not each other's biggest fans. I found him very difficult to deal with, impossible really," he said.


Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth clashed with his rivals Liam Fox of the Conservatives and Nick Harvey of the Liberal Democrats over the decision to make senior military personnel travel second class, in a head-to-head debate last night.


Bob Ainsworth has again spoken about his difficult relationship with Gordon Brown, saying: "It's no secret that Gordon and I are not each other's greatest fans. I found him very difficult to work with. Impossible really."


Former defence secretary Bob Ainsworth has told the Iraq inquiry that the government "let down" the families of those killed in Iraq. He say the Ministry of Defence did not provide the right "welfare package" to bereaved families.


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