Sunday 18 February 2018

Christopher Hope: Decision to charge Rebekah Brooks means hacking will hang over Cameron until next election

Rebekah Brooks
Rebekah Brooks

Christopher Hope

DAVID Cameron is in his weekly Cabinet meeting – it started at 9.45am – and will almost certainly have been informed about the decision to charge Rebekah Brooks with three charges of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice earlier.

During the various presentations during the 90 minute meeting from other Cabinet ministers, he will have had the chance to reflect on the fate of his old friend and Oxfordshire neighbour Mrs Brooks.

Unquestionably the decision to charge the former tabloid editor and chief executive of the News of the World hugely increases the pressure on the British Prime Minister, who is due to give evidence under oath to the Leveson inquiry on press ethics within the next few weeks.

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