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Leveson Inquiry: Jeremy Hunt

  • Amol Rajan: How can Leveson now fail to call George Osborne? ind.pn

    Jeremy Hunt sent 'great news' text to James Murdoch after being given media competition issues role www.independent.co.uk

    Review key mail exchange between Hunt, Murdoch and Osborne. ind.pn
    5/31/2012 10:46:47 AM
  • Hunt says that Smith was trying to keep a stakeholder (NewsCorp, as represented by Michel) on board, and "occasionally lapsing into inappropriate language", but not at any point giving him assistance. The last of these claims is the least plausible. There were several times when Smith conveyed commercially sensitive information. That, after all, is why he is currently jobless.
    5/31/2012 2:27:12 PM
  • Short break at the Inquiry.
    5/31/2012 2:30:24 PM
  • The Inquiry has resumed. Robert Jay has gone straight in with a question about whether or not he did in fact want to get to the "same destination" as James Murdoch.
    5/31/2012 2:42:04 PM
  • Hunt: "I wish we had spelt out to him [Adam Smith] that he had to be very careful and use appropriate language"
    5/31/2012 2:46:40 PM
  • Is Hunt chivalrously defending Adam Smith? Or using him as a human shield to defend himself?
    5/31/2012 2:48:34 PM
  • Hunt has given a lengthy defence of his former special adviser just now. He says he wishes that Smith had come forward and explained the pressure he was under from NewsCorp at a much earlier stage.

    In effect, this is an admission that in his duty as a line manager, Hunt failed. Naturally it's hard for a Secretary of State to manage all the people who work for him; but given the closeness between Hunt and Smith, it's surprising that the minister didn't detect the pressure his right hand man was under.
    5/31/2012 2:51:02 PM
  • I love the way #Hunt is willing to say that Michel "sucked" Smith in, is "cheeky" etc. but is quite obviously his mate. #Leveson.
  • RT @oliver_wright: Useless Westminster trivia resolved: Hunt was going to see Black Swan not Swan Lake
  • #Leveson #Hunt: I was adjudicating on a decision where there were pre-existing relationship which would continue after office. I did it well
  • Any pollsters out there want to ask voters this? Was Jeremy Hunt A) "Keeping democracy safe" B) Cravenly appeasing a powerful man? #Leveson
  • Hunt denies the content of Michel's email, says he was not afraid of the bid going to the CC.
    5/31/2012 3:05:29 PM
  • Hunt is now dispensing with these 'JH' texts and emails quite efficiently. Either they do not accurately represent his thinking or there is "nothing remarkable" about the content.
    5/31/2012 3:16:09 PM
  • RT by Times's @philgwebster:
    Hunt succeeding in distancing himself from the Smith-Michel exchanges #Leveson
  • The knowledge that #Hunt went to see Black Swan, not Swan Lake has raised my opinion of him ever so slightly. #leveson
  • "You had two Conservative-supporting newspaper groups bitterly opposing this deal and one Conservative-supporting newspaper
    group passionately supporting it" - Hunt's reasoning on why he didn't have a political motive surrounding the bid; the politics were too complex.
    5/31/2012 3:24:29 PM
  • Hunt maintains that the closure of the NoW directly influenced his thinking on the bid, despite assurances in an email from Mr Michel to the contrary.
    5/31/2012 3:31:03 PM
  • Now moving on to the 24th April 2012, a drink that Hunt had with Smith where they discussed Smith's resignation.
    5/31/2012 3:34:04 PM
  • Hunt then had a meeting with the Permanent Secretary - did that Hunt's views on the necessity of Smith's resignation?
    5/31/2012 3:35:23 PM
  • Profile of Jeremy Hunt. By a former employee. Revealing. t.co
  • Hunt: "We came to the conclusion with very, very heavy hearts that we were going to have to accept his offer to resign...I personally found the whole thing very difficult[...]It seemed terribly unfair, but the pressure was such that it did seem inevitable"
    5/31/2012 3:36:54 PM
  • Did he ever consider resigning himself? "I did think about my own position, but I had conducted the bid scrupulously fairly throughout every stage and I believed it was possible to demonstrate that."
    5/31/2012 3:38:18 PM
  • Hunt again emphasising that the volume of communication from NewsCorp was huge and unpredicted.
    5/31/2012 3:40:31 PM
  • Hunt: Even though the decision I took would be totally impartial, I always thought there would be members of the public who would never believe it was.
    5/31/2012 3:45:20 PM
  • Curious slip into the plural "we" by #Hunt when he came to sack Adam Smith, who seems to have done nothing wrong.
  • Hunt is drawing a distinction between a) taking a decision on the bid that's different from the regulators' recommendations and b) taking a decision for political reasons. He was free to do the former, he says, but did not do the latter.
    5/31/2012 3:48:07 PM
  • Hunt is a weasel. He either thought smith had to go or he didn't. It's nastiest element. Posh boys make staff pay when THEY break furniture
  • The inquiry is running over, but Jay still has more questions.
    5/31/2012 3:51:08 PM
  • Hunt gets to have his say on media regulation.
    5/31/2012 3:54:24 PM
  • He wants the successor to the PCC to be "a champion of press freedom and a champion of press standards", as well as a body for complaints, and to be able to "work across media platforms".
    5/31/2012 3:55:49 PM
  • That's all for Hunt's evidence. Will George Osborne be called next week?
    5/31/2012 3:59:51 PM
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