Jeremy Hunt appears to be in the clear after the PM decides no inquiry is needed.
Prime Minister David Cameron has announced that there will be no inquiry into whether the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code. The announcement from No.10 came shortly after Hunt was questioned at the Leveson Inquiry.
Hunt came under pressure last month to resign following the revelations of text and email messages from his former special advisor Adam Smith and News Corporation head of public affairs Frederic Michel. Smith resigned the day after, and both subsequently appeared at Leveson.
Yesterday Hunt admitted he was ‘sympathetic’ towards the News Corporation takeover bid for BSkyB but is insistent that he acted impartial throughout. News Corp decided to pull the bid following the phone-hacking revelations last year.
Hunt added that his views of the bid and the company as a whole was widely known and therefore he has nothing to hide.
Labour’s Harriet Harman told BBC News that it’s ‘deplorable’ for the PM to keep someone in his cabinet who ‘broke the ministerial code’.