RE­BEKAH BROOKS GAVE PM NOSH

De­tails of in­ti­mate din­ner date re­vealed by ex News In­ter­na­tional boss

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By SI­MON DEAN si­mon@sun­daysport.co.uk

DAVID Cameron en­joyed a tasty treat when flame-haired for­mer News of the World ed­i­tor Re­bekah Brooks gave him a slap-up feed.

And mak­ing up the three­some at her posh home was James Mur­doch, the for­mer News In­ter­na­tional chair­man told the Leve­son In­quiry into press stan­dards.

Mr Mur­doch said he and the PM dis­cussed News Corp’s BSKYB bid at a din­ner held at the then CEO Re­bekah Brook’s gaff.

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He was ques­tioned by coun­sel for the in­quiry Robert Jay QC about his con­tact with politi­cians be­fore and dur­ing News Corp’s bid for BSKYB – which was aban­doned in July 2011 af­ter the hack­ing scan­dal sur­faced.

Mr Mur­doch said he was “alive to the risk” that pol­i­tics might in­flu­ence his com­pany’s po­si­tion, but added: “We rested on the sound­ness of the le­gal case.”

Mr Mur­doch said he dis­cussed the BSKYB bid with Mr Cameron at the home of for­mer News In­ter­na­tional chief ex­ec­u­tive Re­bekah Brooks on Dec 23, 2010 – seven months af­ter he be­came Prime Min­is­ter.

The din­ner was held two days af­ter Busi­ness Sec­re­tary Vince Cable was stripped of his re­spon­si­bil­ity for over­see­ing the BSKYB bid, af­ter he’d been se­cretly recorded say­ing he had “de­clared war” on Ru­pert Mur­doch.

Mr Mur­doch said he spoke briefly to the PM about the re­moval of Mr Cable, say­ing it was a “tiny con­ver­sa­tion” and not a dis­cus­sion.

He de­nied the pur­pose of the meet­ings with Mr Cameron was partly to find out where he stood on is­sues which would di­rectly af­fect Mr Mur­doch’s com­pa­nies, such as TV and press reg­u­la­tion.

He said: “They were dis­cus­sions on a broad range of sub­jects – from for­eign pol­icy to other things.”

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Asked whether he was friends with Chan­cel­lor Ge­orge Os­borne, he said: “We have been friendly. I wouldn’t say he was a close friend.”

He added he had been to the chan­cel­lor’s grace-and-favour home Dor­ney­wood once and had had one dis­cus­sion with Mr Os­borne about the BSKYB bid.

Mr Mur­doch’s fa­ther, News Cor­po­ra­tion head Ru­pert Mur­doch, will ap­pear be­fore the in­quiry to­day and Thurs­day.

THREE­SOME: James Mur­doch ( left) met with Cameron ( right) and Brooks at her swanky gaff

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