Phone hacking: David Cameron sent supportive text to Rebekah Brooks, biography reveals
BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron sent a text message to Rebekah Brooks encouraging her to "keep her head up" just days before she resigned over the phone-hacking scandal, it has emerged.
He assured the former chief executive of News International that she “would get through her difficulties” as the crisis at the News of the World newspaper deepened last July.
The allegation is made in an updated biography of the Prime Minister. Its authors claim that contact between the pair came to an “abrupt halt” after Mrs Brooks stepped down, but that the Prime Minister later sent an emissary to apologise for his sudden coldness, explaining that Ed Miliband had him on the run.
The book, Cameron: Practically a Conservative by Francis Elliott of The Times and James Hanning of The Independent on Sunday, says: “The wider public might have liked to know too of the text message that Charlie Brooks told friends Cameron sent to Brooks at the beginning of the week in which she resigned, telling her to keep her head up and she’d get through her difficulties.
"Such contact came to an abrupt halt soon afterwards, with Brooks not wanting to embarrass Cameron and he wanting to be able to say, hand on heart, that they had not been in touch.
“But it was claimed that Cameron did send an emissary to Brooks to mitigate his sudden coldness towards her. The gist of the message was, 'Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run.’”
Details of the closeness of the relationship between Mrs Brooks and Mr Cameron come as Mrs Brooks prepares to give evidence to the Leveson inquiry this week.
Number 10 is understood to be poring over Mrs Brooks’s evidence to the hearing after Lord Justice Leveson ruled that ministers and their aides could be given advance sight of her submission.
The disclosures are likely to further embarrass Mr Cameron who has already suffered humiliation over being forced to admit that he rode a horse loaned to Mrs Brooks by the Metropolitan Police. Last night Downing Street refused to comment on the alleged text.
In March this year Mrs Brooks was arrested on suspicion of conspiring to pervert the course of justice by police officers investigating allegations of phone hacking.
The former editor of the News of the World and The Sun newspapers had been on bail after being questioned by detectives last summer on suspicion of phone hacking and corruption.