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Murdoch: UK coalition row over proposed BSkyB inquiry

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Murdoch: UK coalition row over proposed BSkyB inquiry


The controversy surrounding billionaire Rupert Murdoch’s one-time planned takeover of satellite broadcaster BSkyB has returned to haunt Britain’s ruling coalition.

Opponents of Prime Minister David Cameron have called a parliamentary vote to demand an inquiry into the actions of the UK’s Culture Minister Jeremy Hunt who was accused of favouritism.

During Prime Ministers Questions in the House of Commons, Cameron played down a split in the ruling coalition after its junior partner said it would abstain from the vote.

“What we are talking about here is the relationships that Conservative politicians and, frankly, Labour politicians have had over the last 20 years with News Corporation, News International and all the rest of it.

“To be fair to the Liberal Democrats, they didn’t have that relationship and their abstention tonight is to make that point. And I understand that, it’s politics,” Cameron said.

On Thursday, Cameron is due to give evidence at the wider Leveson inquiry into press ethics following
a phone hacking scandal at one of Murdoch’s newspapers.

Former editor of News of the World Rebekah Brooks appeared in court on Wednesday to face charges of perverting the course of justice.

She’s accused of hindering a police investigation into the hacking and corruption by tabloid staff, which she denies.

Brooks, her husband Charlie and four others were bailed for two weeks.

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