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UK parliament to unite against Murdoch empire

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UK parliament to unite against Murdoch empire


It happens very rarely, but today the British parliament will unite to urge Rupert Murdoch to drop his bid for the UK broadcaster, BskyB.

The Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats are expected to back the Labour Party motion, a level of unity normally only seen in times of conflict.

The vote is not legally binding, but it will reflect the tide of public resentment rising against the Murdoch media empire.

Earlier this week, Murdoch withdrew his plan to sell off Sky News as part of the deal to buy a controlling share in BSkyB.

But he is now being urged to abandon the entire bid ahead of an inquiry by regulators.

Murdoch, his son James and Rebekah Brooks have been summoned for questioning by a parliamentary committee next week. Brooks is the head of News International, which runs Murdoch’s UK press interests.

A week ago, news that Murdoch journalists had hacked into the voicemails of crime victims led to public outrage. The crisis has snowballed since then, affecting politicians, papers and even the police.

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