Cozy texts show Cameron ties to Murdoch executive

LONDON Sun Nov 4, 2012 11:43am EST

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron stands outside Number 10 Downing Street in London November 1, 2012. REUTERS/Suzanne Plunkett

Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron stands outside Number 10 Downing Street in London November 1, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Text messages sent by the former head of Rupert Murdoch's British newspapers to Prime Minister David Cameron, published on Sunday, have further revealed their close personal relationship.

Rebekah Brooks, who is awaiting trial on charges related to a phone-hacking scandal that prompted a public inquiry into media ethics, congratulated Cameron a "brilliant" pre-election speech in 2009 that she said had moved her to tears.

"I cried twice. Will love 'working together'," Brooks said in one text message sent months before Cameron's Conservatives formed a coalition government.

Another text, published by the Mail On Sunday newspaper, showed Cameron effusing about a horse ride he had taken with Brooks' husband, underlining his close ties with Murdoch's British operations.

The texts, confirmed as genuine by Cameron's office, have been submitted to the Leveson inquiry, set up by the prime minister to look at ethics in the media and its ties with the police and politicians.

Cameron, who hired the former editor of Murdoch's now defunct News Of The World tabloid as the party's communications director until he resigned in January last year, has told the inquiry there was no conspiracy deal between the Conservatives and the Murdoch press.

(Reporting by Matt Falloon; Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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Comments (3)
Tiu wrote:
And B Liar is a god-father to one of Murdoch’s children.
Politics in infested with unelected manipulators.

Nov 04, 2012 7:04am EST  --  Report as abuse
sylvan wrote:
Come on, where is the quote about the country suppers, and Dave being unable to answer how very often he met with Rebekkah? Is your deal with Murdoch to only have small snippets of the total story in your paper, at vast intervals, so no dots can be connected? You don’t feel the need to inform your readers about how Dave jetted to Murdoch’s yacht before The Sun endorsed him? Or of the thousands of phone hacking victims, including Millie? How about the hundreds of thousands in payments to UK police officers and government workers? I hope Rupert pays well because meatless articles reduce your reputation and credibility.

Nov 04, 2012 7:12am EST  --  Report as abuse
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Nov 04, 2012 11:24am EST  --  Report as abuse
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