I do think he should definitely apologise. I’ve been more incensed reading over the stories about him in the newspaper and it strikes me as being scandalous he could have possibly been in league with Darius Guppy in a plot to get me beat up.
Fortunately it never happened, but for a possible future leader of the Tory party to be involved in that way is absolutely dreadful, in my opinion.
He might have gone to Eton with Guppy, but loyalty shouldn’t really extend to plotting to have a journalist beaten up. I’m just amazed that he acted in this way, that he didn’t have the gumption not to get involved with someone like Guppy. He went quite a way along the line of plotting to get me beat up. He didn’t dismiss it from what I gather … From reading the transcript, he was well prepared to help Guppy find my address and for Guppy to then get me assaulted.
14 July 2019 – Stuart Collier, Former journalist at the News of the World