Jacqui Janes: The letter that you wrote to me, Mr Brown... Gordon Brown: Yes. JJ: I dont want to sound disrespectful here, but it was an insult to my child. There was 25 spelling mistakes -- 25! GB: There wasnt. JJ: Ive got the letter in front of me. GB: Ive got the letter in front of me and if you feel that my writing was not right then Im sorry. JJ: Listen to me, please. I am looking at the letter... GB: You know that I wrote to you, er, a handwritten letter because I was... JJ: Listen to me... GB: ... because I was concerned about the death of your son. JJ: Listen to me, please. I am looking at the letter now... GB: You know I did write the letter because I was concerned about the death of your son and I dont think what I said in it was disrespectful. JJ I never said it was disrespectful. The spelling mistakes are disrespectful. The fact that you named me Mrs James was disrespectful. GB: I think I was trying to say Janes, as your right name. Maybe, maybe my writing looks bad but I was trying to say your right name. And I spelt Jamie right as well, I understand. JJ: Erm, I beg to differ. Ive got the letter in front of me so I do beg to differ. GB: I, I well... JJ: I cannot believe I have been brought down to the level of having an argument with the Prime Minister of my own country. GB: I know from colleagues that Jamie was a brave, selfless professional soldier held in the highest regard. JJ: I dont need anyone to tell me how brave my son was. My son paid the ultimate, ultimate sacrifice. GB: Okay, Miss Janes, Im sorry that I cant, I cant, er, satisfy you but I have tried my best, er, to show you that if theres been some misunderstanding about how my... JJ: I do appreciate you taking the time to phone me but Im afraid we are going to have to, erm, disagree. PMs 13-minute call to say sorry caught on tape Sun. I know that my son could have survived but my son bled to death. Mrs Janes, who has another son serv- ing in the armed forces, continued: Our Government is letting our troops down, big time. Theyre not properly equipped and we both know this. Mr Brown, while seeking to avoid being drawn into a row with her, defended the Governments war effort. I would not send anybody abroad unless they were properly equipped, he said. Coming at a time when Labour MPs are again said to be discussing a plot to oust the Prime Minister, his leadership was further undermined by the condo- lence letter affair. His allies accused The Sun of exploiting Mrs Janess grief. THE bodies of five British soldiers gunned down by a rogue Afghan police officer last week in Helmand Province were flown back to RAF Lyneham in Wiltshire this morning. Also today, the soldier who died on Sundayafterhewascaught up in a blast in Sangin, Nor thern Helmand, duringapatrolwasnamed as 20-year-old Rifleman Samuel John Bassett, of Plymouth. GORDON BROWNS authority was dealt a heavy blow today after his clash with the mother of a soldier killed in Afghan- istan was captured on tape. The Prime Minister and Jacqui Janes had a 13-minute conversation when he phoned to apologise over apparent spell- ing mistakes in a handwritten letter of condolence he had sent her following the death of her son. Grenadier Guardsman Jamie Janes, 20, was killed in an explosion last month. Mrs Janes, 47, is said to have put the Prime Ministers call on loudspeaker and recorded the conversation before passing the tape to The Sun, leaving Mr Brown deeply embarrassed. No 10 sources stressed he had believed the conversation was private. Mrs Janes, of Portslade, West Sussex, had branded the letter insulting, claiming it misspelt her surname and that her sons name looked as if it had been corrected. A mortified Mr Brown phoned to apologise for his handwriting, insisting the spelling was correct and that he did not mean any disrespect. Mrs Janes then confronted the Prime Minister over a shortage of equipment for British troops and claimed her son might have survived had there been more helicopters in Afghanistan. I know every injury my child sustained that day, she said in t h e t r a n s c r i p t , published in The London Lite Tuesday, 10 November 2009 7 CONDOLENCELETTERMUMRECORDSPHONEROWWITHBROWN BY KEVIN WIDDOP Killed: Grenadier Guardsman Jamie Janes, 20, died last month in Afghanistan Defence: Gordon Brown insisted spelling was right 1,000 prize for Xmas shoppers CAMDEN council is giving away 1,000 in a bid to attract shoppers to the borough. Anyone spending 5 or more in independent shops in the run-up to Christmas will get free entry to a golden ticket competition to win the cash. Apple research bears best fruit SCIENTISTS have developed a disease-resistant apple that will stay fresh for weeks. Australian researchers said the worlds best apple can stay crispy for up to 14 days in a fruit bowl and edible for up to four months if kept in a fridge. EXTRACTS FROM THE PRIME MINISTERS PHONE CALL Row: Jacqui Janes gave recording to The Sun index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html