Cameron and Rebekah Brooks – “not a big deal”
David Cameron has owned up that the story about him being seen deep in conversation with Rebekah Brooks at a Christmas Party is true, though he thinks that it is of no importance. They were seen deep in what was described as an “intense” conversation at a party for the Chipping Norton set on 15 December.
The Prime Minister told Five Live yesterday: “My wife’s cousin had a party and I went. It is not a big deal, what really matters is the country… I am very focused on the job I do.”
Mrs Brooks currently faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice, one charge of conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, and three charges of conspiring to intercept phone communications, one of which relates to the hacking of the mobile phone of the murdered schoolgirl, Millie Dowler. They all arise from her time with News International, where she was chief executive until she resigned in July 2011, with a pay-off reputed to be £10.8 million.
It was revealed during the Leveson inquiry that in one of the many text messages she exchanged with David Cameron, Mrs Brooks told him: “I am so rooting for you tomorrow and not just as a personal friend but because professionally we’re definitely in this together”.
December’s party was hosted by Tom Astor, a relative of the late David Astor, long serving Editor of The Observer, who was scathing about newspaper executives cosying up to politicians especially Conservative politicians. He once remarked of a rival that he “orders his politics from Central Office as if it were a commodity like newsprint”.Tagged in: leveson, news international, Rebekah Brooks
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