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zondag, juni 03, 2012

Hunt 'acted wisely' says Cameron

David Cameron on Andrew Marr ShowDavid Cameron said the culture secretary had given "a good account of himself" to the Leveson Inquiry

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt "acted wisely" in his handling of the BSkyB takeover bid, David Cameron has said.

The PM defended his decision to give control of the bid to Mr Hunt, saying he had taken advice from the cabinet secretary.

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, he insisted his government had "resolve, strength and grit" as he defended a number of Budget U-turns.

Labour want Mr Hunt to be investigated for breaching the ministerial code.

Mr Cameron said the culture secretary had given "a good account of himself" to the Leveson Inquiry and to Parliament.

"The advice I was given was that what mattered was not what Jeremy Hunt had said publicly or privately but how he was going to conduct himself during the bid," he told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show.

"That's how I think we should judge him: did he adjudicate this bid wisely and fairly?

"And he did. He took legal advice at every stage, and he followed that legal advice and he did many things that were not in the interests of the Murdochs or BSkyB and that side of things."

In the past week the government has made three U-turns on measures announced in the Budget in March - the so-called "pasty tax", charging a full rate of VAT on static caravans and limiting tax relief on charitable giving.

Mr Cameron said it took courage for an administration to admit it was "ploughing into the brick wall" and change course.

"When you've got something wrong there are two things you can do about it. You can plough on regardless or you can say no, we're going to listen and we're going to change it and we're going to get it right and that's what we've done", the prime minister said.

Source: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-18313587#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

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