If anyone is going to lose their job over the Leveson Inquiry, it's looking more and more like it's going to be culture secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Hunt was on already rocky terms after it was reveled one of his aides worked too closely with News Corp. when the aide resigned a month ago. David Cameron gave Hunt a vote of confidence after that but said he would look more closely at Hunt's role if new evidence came to light. After Rebekah Brook's testimony on Friday, Hunt might not be in the clear.
Brooks disclosed emails to the Inquiry from News Corp. lobbyist Frédéric Michel that said Hunt was going to make an "extremely helpful" statement last summer that would benefit the potential News Corp. takeover of BSkyB, and that he thought the takeover would go through regardless of the phone hacking scandal. Another email said that Hunt "has asked [Michel] to advise him privately in the coming weeks and guide his and No 10's positioning," while the government was starting to throughly investigate the phone hacking scandal.
Hunt said through a spokesman that his testimony to the Leveson inquiry should clear his name, and that Michel only ever spoke to Adam Smith, the advisor who resigned for colluding with News Corp.
Unfortunately for Hunt, the opposition is out for his blood over the new emails. Harriet Harman, the Labour MP who also said Rupert Murdoch was unfit to run News Corp, is calling for Hunt to resign or for David Cameron to fire him. "Clearly there was complete collusion between the secretary of state and his office and News Corp on a bid where he was supposed to be impartial," Harman said. "Either he didn't know what was going on on an £8bn bid, in which case he shouldn't be in his job and he should be sacked, or he did know and he is covering up and blaming everybody else, in which case he should be sacked."
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