PM and Brooks 'in this together'

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Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards at the Royal Courts of Justice in London // Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards at the Royal Courts of Justice in London
Prime Minister David Cameron arrives at the Leveson Inquiry into press standards at the Royal Courts of Justice in London
The closeness of David Cameron's links to the Murdoch media empire have been further exposed when it was revealed Rebekah Brooks told him they were "definitely in this together".
Her text message to the then opposition leader, in which she said she was "rooting for" him personally and professionally, was among missives demanded from News International (NI) by the Leveson Inquiry.
It provided the backdrop to an uncomfortable period of questioning for the Prime Minister as he took his turn on the stand at the probe he ordered into press standards in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.
In an all-day interrogation, he said he was haunted by the appointment of ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his spin chief, accused Gordon Brown of inventing anti-Conservative "conspiracy theories" and defended his handling of Jeremy Hunt.
He also said he hoped the review would result in a press regulation system with "real teeth" to punish offenders, setting the acid test of success as whether families like that of murder victim Milly Dowler felt they were now protected.
Mr Cameron's close personal friendship with Mrs Brooks has proved extremely uncomfortable for the premier - the ex-News International chief executive revealing in her evidence that he sometimes signed them off "LOL" to signify "lots of love".
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