I have always been honest about my recollection of events.
I have built my reputation on honesty, I have sometimes been too honest.
I don't think anyone can say I have said one thing in public and done another in private.
But any perception of this application being speeded up requires me to take responsibility.
That is why with enormous regret I have tendered my resignation to the prime minister today.
I did not in late November start the plethora of linking my private life with public events again.
I have never tried to fiddle my role as leader of the city of Sheffield, as an MP or as a minister.
Strengthening our identity is one way of reinforcing people's confidence and sense of citizenship and well-being.
It would be dangerous territory if I wasn't practising what I preach which is to always accept responsibility, always accept the consequences of your actions.
When I'm in London I do have the convenience of being close to St James Park which is also good for me because it gives me an excuse to get out and get some much needed exercise!