Hunt should have quit, says Lib Dem
Jun 11 2012
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt should have resigned over his handling of News Corporation's takeover bid for BSkyB, senior Liberal Democrat peer Lord Oakeshott is due to say.
The peer, an ally of Business Secretary Vince Cable, will say he got a "creepy feeling" about lobbying on behalf of Rupert Murdoch, adding the media mogul's empire was not treated by the Government like any other organisation.
Mr Cable was stripped of responsibility for oversight of News Corporation's bid for the satellite broadcaster after he told undercover reporters that he had "declared war" on Mr Murdoch.
Mr Hunt took over the quasi-judicial role of deciding whether the bid should be referred to regulator Ofcom.
It later emerged at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards that Mr Hunt sent a memo to Prime Minister David Cameron before he took responsibility for the bid which appeared to express his support for the deal.
Speaking to Dispatches on Channel 4, Lord Oakeshott will say he got "an increasingly creepy feeling" about the lobbying on behalf of Mr Murdoch for the deal.
He will say: "I mean, clearly, Mr Murdoch was not being treated like any other commercial organisation. Well, clearly, Mr Hunt should have resigned some time ago and obviously once his evidence came out at the Leveson Inquiry no self-respecting minister could possibly carry on after that.
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