David Cameron faces fresh calls to release 150 unseen messages he shared with former News International boss Rebekah Brooks, and her colleagues.
The calls come after last weekend’s leak of more joke messages that were made available to the Leveson inquiry but not referred to during the hearings.
One newly released text from Cameron was a thank you for a ride on a horse owned by Brooks and husband Charlie. Charlie is an Old Etonian pal of the prime minister.
The PM says the horse was “fast, unpredictable and hard to control but fun”. In another, the ex-editor of the Sun and News of the World and said she “cried twice” during a moving conference speech by Cameron.
Cameron dismissed the idea that there was a cache of hidden texts. But the reality is that in his own evidence to Leveson he said, “I have looked for text messages between myself and representatives of News Corporation or News International in relation to the BSkyB bid.”
Texts that did not deal with the bid weren’t handed over. The leak was probably supposed to distract attention from the information in the texts that Cameron has withheld from the Leveson inquiry. It is due to publish its findings this month.