Cameron: no deal with Murdochs over BSkyB purchase

Christmas dinner with Brooks "a mistake", says the Prime Minister.

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Prime Minister David Cameron has insisted there was no “grand deal” with News Corp over its bid to takeover BSkyB – as he comes under press to face MPs today over claims his Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt breached the ministerial code.
 
Cameron appeared on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show yesterday morning when he admitted it was a mistake to attend a Christmas dinner with former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and ex-executive chairman James Murdoch at which the BSkyB bid was discussed.
 
The Prime Minister admitted having a conversation with Murdoch over his proposed bid at a December 2010 party at the Oxfordshire home of Brooks, but said there was no “grand deal” to back the takeover in exchange for Tory backing from News International’s newspapers.