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Leveson: I won't pass judgment on Hunt or Murdoch

Rupert Murdoch. Photo: Reuters

Lord Leveson has this morning outlined his approach to the third and final part of his inquiry.

This will deal with the contact between the press and politicians. But Lord Leveson made it clear he would not be dragged into political mudslinging or be used to judge whether a minister should keep his job.

He found himself dragged into the political storm when accusations about Jeremy Hunt's involvement in the BskyB takeover emerged at his inquiry.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt. Credit: REUTERS/Olivia Harris

Today Lord Leveson underlined his determination not to become embroiled in political point scoring.

He said he would not consider whether anyone had broken the ministerial code: a direct reference to David Cameron's suggestion that Lord Leveson should hear Mr Hunt's evidence before any decision was made about the minister's future.

He also said he would not rule on whether the Murdochs were fit and proper owners of a media empire:

It will not draw me into deciding on the fitness for office of Mr Rupert Murdoch.

He made it clear he had no intention of pronouncing on any of the witnesses, whether they be proprietors, journalists, police officers or politicians.

This afternoon he will hear from Andy Coulson, the former Editor of The News of the World who became David Cameron's director of communications.

Lord Leveson has made it clear that the questions will concentrate on the influence of the press rather than Mr Coulson's knowledge about phone hacking while he was at the News International.

The same will rules will apply to Rebekah Brooks when she appears tomorrow, since both are the subject of a police inquiries and he does not want to prejudice these criminal investigations.

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