David Cameron likes to recall the story of the time he was approached by what he thought were two KGB agents wanting to recruit him as a Cold War spy when he was just 19.

The future prime minister, then on a pre-university gap year in the 1980s, went travelling around the Soviet Union and after meeting a "great friend" in Moscow, went down to the beach resort of Yalta on the Black Sea.

These two Russians who spoke perfect English sort of turned up on the beach, which was mainly reserved for foreign tourists.

They took us out to dinner and interrogated us in a friendly way about life in England and what we thought and politics.

We were obviously very careful and guarded in what we said but later when I got to university my politics tutor said that was definitely an attempt.

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