PM defends stance on Hunt and BSkyB

Stourbridge News: David Cameron has defended his refusal to launch an investigation into Jeremy Hunt David Cameron has defended his refusal to launch an investigation into Jeremy Hunt

David Cameron has defended his refusal to launch an investigation into Jeremy Hunt - insisting the Culture Secretary acted "wisely and fairly" and had given "a good account of himself".

Mr Hunt held on to his job after Downing Street said his evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Thursday showed he "acted properly" in his handling of the News Corporation bid for BSkyB.

But the Prime Minister is under pressure to launch an investigation into claims that his Cabinet colleague breached the ministerial code.

He also faces questions about his own judgment in appointing Mr Hunt to adjudicate on the proposed takeover despite knowing of his personal sympathies for the Murdoch media empire.

But despite the emergence, in evidence disclosed to Leveson, of pro-bid text messages sent by Mr Hunt on the day he was handed responsibility, Mr Cameron said he had acted entirely properly.

"The advice I was given was that what mattered was not what Jeremy Hunt had said publicly or privately but how he was going to conduct himself during the bid," he told BBC1's Andrew Marr Show.

"That's how I think we should judge him: did he adjudicate this bid wisely and fairly?

"And he did. He took legal advice at every stage, and he followed that legal advice and he did many things that were not in the interests of the Murdochs or BSkyB and that side of things.

"And I think he gave a good account of himself to the Leveson Inquiry, he's given a good account of himself to Parliament, and I think that's the key point."

Mr Cameron said he had "looked carefully" at pro-Murdoch public statements made by Mr Hunt and taken legal advice before transferring bid responsibility to him from Vince Cable.

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9:36am Sun 3 Jun 12

Dee-Gee says...

Cameron must think we're all as stupid and guillible as he is.

The best thing that can be said about him is that his judgement is seriously flawed. Did he really used to be a PR man? He's cr'p at that, too.
Cameron must think we're all as stupid and guillible as he is. The best thing that can be said about him is that his judgement is seriously flawed. Did he really used to be a PR man? He's cr'p at that, too. Dee-Gee

9:50am Sun 3 Jun 12

RooBeck says...

Posh boy in a posh boys' club of Tory ministers who see themselves as an entitled clique and who have been dangerously joined at the hip to News International and the Murdoch Press.(More so, than even Blair and Brown before them.) They are out of touch, amateur and they will surely soon be out on their ears. Trouble is, what is the current alternative?!!
Posh boy in a posh boys' club of Tory ministers who see themselves as an entitled clique and who have been dangerously joined at the hip to News International and the Murdoch Press.(More so, than even Blair and Brown before them.) They are out of touch, amateur and they will surely soon be out on their ears. Trouble is, what is the current alternative?!! RooBeck

10:25am Sun 3 Jun 12

shallotman says...

One must wonder what Hunt knows that would blow U-Turn Dave out of the water if he opens his mouth. Good job we are all in this together.
One must wonder what Hunt knows that would blow U-Turn Dave out of the water if he [Hunt ] opens his mouth. Good job we are all in this together. shallotman
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