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David Cameron to address Leveson inquiry next week

Former PMs Gordon Brown and John Major also lined up to appear at media ethics inquiry.

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BRITISH PRIME MINISTER David Cameron will give evidence next week at the Leveson inquiry into media ethics and the relationship between the British press and politicians.

The inquiry was set up by Cameron in the wake of fresh allegations last summer concerning phone hacking at the now-defunct News of the World tabloid owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News International.

Cameron is scheduled to give evidence on Thursday 14 June, while other politicians giving evidence next week will include former Nick Clegg, George Osborne, John Major, Ed Miliband, Alex Salmond and Harriet Harmon.

Former PM Gordon Brown is scheduled to address the inquiry on Monday.

During her evidence to the judge-led inquiry, former News International executive Rebekah Brooks said that Brown and his wife Sarah were content to allow the Sun publish details of their young son’s diagnosis with cystic fibrosis. The couple subsequently issues a statement saying that they have had no satisfactory explanation as to how the paper accessed the child’s private medical records.

The inquiry’s proceedings were recently interrupted by a protester as former Prime Minister Tony Blair gave evidence. Blair spoke about his relationship with the media and how he had felt closer to Rupert Murdoch than Rebekah Brooks. He said that he became godfather to one of Murdoch’s children after he stepped down from office.

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