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Embarrassment for Cameron, trouble for Hunt

11 May 2012

4:54 PM

11 May 2012

4:54 PM

Rebekah Brooks’s testimony at Leveson was embarrassing for the Prime Minister — but no worse than that. I suspect that tomorrow’s papers will have much fun with the fact that
Cameron used to end his texts to her with the letters ‘LOL’ in the mistaken belief that it meant ‘lots of love’. But, as one friend of the PM’s pointed out to me,
No.10 would have definitely settled for that being the headline story this morning.

Jeremy Hunt, though, again finds himself in some difficulty thanks to a Fred Michel email which indicates that the Culture Secretary was seeking News Corps’ guidance on how to deal with
hacking. As with the previous Michel emails, the question is how much of it is the man known in Westminster as the ‘French polisher’ putting the best possible sheen on things? It was
another reminder, if one was needed, that Hunt’s own appearance at Leveson at the end of the month will determine his fate.

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