Magazine article Screen International

UK PM Refuses Calls for Jeremy Hunt Inquiry

Magazine article Screen International

UK PM Refuses Calls for Jeremy Hunt Inquiry

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David Cameron has refused to refer culture secretary Jeremy Hunt's handling of the BSkyB bid to an independent investigation after being called to Parliament to answer an urgent question.

The Prime Minister, answering the question posed by Labour leader Ed Miliband, said it was neither necessary or right to have another inquiry before Hunt had given evidence to Leveson.

Miliband pointed to three separate occasions on which he alleged Hunt "clearly breached" the ministerial code. They were:

when Hunt claimed that all exchanges between the department and News Corp had been published.

News Corp being provided with confidential information ahead of Parliament.

the claim that Adam Smith (the special adviser who resigned as a result of the revelations) was "on a freelance mission", which Hunt should have known about.

Cameron robustly defended each occasion saying that Miliband's facts were incorrect. …

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