Thursday 22 March 2018

Labour tells Cameron he must 'come clean' about Murdochs

BRITISH Prime Minister David Cameron and his most senior colleagues must "come clean" over their dealings with the Murdochs, the Labour Party said yesterday.

Senior party figures have sent out a series of letters to cabinet ministers with more than 50 questions they claim have still not been addressed by the coalition in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

The list focuses on exactly what discussions key members of the government had with the Murdoch family about their attempt to take full control of BSkyB. The bid collapsed following intense pressure at the height of the hacking revelations.

Labour has demanded Mr Cameron reveals "the dates, nature and content of the discussions" he had with James or Rupert Murdoch as well as ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks about the deal.

The party is also attempting to keep up the pressure on Mr Cameron and his colleagues about Andy Coulson, former 'News of the World' editor turned Downing Street communications chief.

The letter calls on Mr Cameron to reveal if he spoke to Mr Coulson following his arrest.

Shadow culture secretary Ivan Lewis said: "A tangled web of their own making will not go away until they and their cabinet colleagues give full and frank answers to legitimate questions."

Earlier, Labour released the full list of meetings the shadow cabinet has had with senior media figures since the general election.

It showed that the weekend before it emerged the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler was hacked, shadow foreign secretary Douglas Alexander and shadow Olympics minister Tessa Jowell went to a party hosted by Rupert Murdoch's daughter Elisabeth and her husband Matthew Freud. It was also attended by Ms Brooks.


Meanwhile, Scotland Yard confirmed it was setting up a team of officers to investigate computer hacking.

Operation Tuleta is, in part, looking at allegations made by a BBC 'Panorama' programme in March that a senior 'News of the World' executive obtained emails hacked from a former Northern Ireland intelligence operative's computer.

Alex Marunchak, then the Irish edition editor at the newspaper, denies any wrongdoing.

Irish Independent

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