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The minister in the Murdochs’ pocket

Issue No. 2301

Jeremy Hunt (Pic: Culture, Media and Sport Office)

Jeremy Hunt (Pic: Culture, Media and Sport Office)

Culture secretary Jeremy Hunt colluded with James Murdoch to push through the controversial £8 billion Sky deal.

Millionaire Hunt sent almost daily updates, regularly drip-feeding information on News Corporation’s attempt to take over the TV company, saying it wouldn’t “be a problem”.

Cameron defended Hunt’s “integrity” in parliament, angrily shouting at MPs who dared to question it.

Yet there were 113 emails, texts and phone calls between Hunt’s department and News Corporation over six months.

The Murdochs were even given “absolutely illegal” details on a statement Hunt was about to give parliament on the takeover.

The emails were from Frederic Michel, News Corporation’s director of public affairs for Europe, to James Murdoch.

They expose his cosy relationship with Hunt.

Throughout the emails he refers to “Jeremy” or “JH”. According to Hunt this stood for Hunt’s special adviser Adam Smith. He resigned last week.

Hunt has a track record.

Before the scandal broke, he admitted on his website that “like all good Tories” he was a “cheerleader” for everything Murdoch had done for British broadcasting.

Hunt spent five days at the firm’s headquarters in the US very shortly before James Murdoch personally told Cameron that he would be swinging his newspapers behind the Tories.

Last year Hunt argued that “we must be careful not to overreact” over the hacking scandal. Now we know why.

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