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David Cameron gets in hot water over his cuppa with Rupert Murdoch

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David Cameron’s mantra about the Leveson inquiry is that all politicians “got too close” to Murdoch. But behind that is the truth about how deep he was drawn into the Murdoch web. Again and again he has had to admit more meetings with the Murdochs.

Rupert Murdoch himself said, “I was invited within days [after the election] to have a cup of tea to be thanked for the support by Mr Cameron.” He used the back door of Number 10.

News International executive Rebekah Brooks is the only person Cameron invited to Chequers twice—and that includes cabinet ministers.

Andy Coulson was appointed Tory spin doctor. The only thing he brought to the job was the fact that he’d worked for Murdoch. He was invited to Chequers months after he quit. And there was the time that James Murdoch, Brooks and Cameron met up for a cosy Christmas dinner.

Much has been made of Cameron not knowing the meaning of “LOL”. He thought he was signing off texts to his horse-riding pal Brooks with “lots of love”. But will Cameron squirm off the hook?

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The Troublemaker
Tue 12 Jun 2012, 19:45 BST
Issue No. 2307
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