01/12/2011 05:43 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

Was Pregnant Cherie Blair's Phone Hacked?

Tony and Cherie Blair PA

Alastair Campbell told the Leveson inquiry yesterday that the leaked news of Cherie Blair's pregnancy in 2000 could have been obtained by phone hacking.

Mr Campbell, who was Tony Blair's communications director, said he had often wondered how stories about Cherie Blair were obtained.

He said: "I have never understood how the Mirror learned of Cherie's pregnancy. At the time only a tiny number of people in Downing Street knew she was pregnant."

Mr Campbell, himself former Mirror journalist, said he previously suspected stories were being leaked by Cherie's 'lifestyle consultant' Carole Caplin, who he believed was tipping off newspapers.

He said he had "since apologised" to Ms Caplin, after realising he was "completely wrong".

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