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Hunt to face BSkyB bid questions at Leveson Inquiry

Jeremy Hunt will face the Leveson Inquiry today. Photo: PA

So after weeks of questions and accusations, Jeremy Hunt will finally get his moment in the dock at the Leveson inquiry later today.

It's the Culture Secretary's chance to explain his handling of the BskyB bid and try to prove he was impartial.

Mr Hunt stands accused of being too close to the Murdoch empire and even misleading Parliament over what contact he had with News Corp.

Jeremy Hunt is accused of being too close to the Murdoch empire. Credit: Lewis Whyld/PA Wire

Texts between him and the company's main lobbyist Fred Michel have already proved extremely embarrassing for the Cabinet Minister. The Culture Secretary's special adviser, Adam Smith, has already been forced to resign over the contact he had with News Corp.

Mr Hunt's position isn't helped by Business Secretary Vince Cable who yesterday gave his own evidence to Lord Justice Leveson. He said that when he was in charge of the BskyB bid, he refused to take calls from Mr Michel or to meet James Murdoch. That's not really very helpful to Mr Hunt.

But even if the Cabinet Minister does survive tomorrow's appearance, the pressure for him to resign will continue. There are calls for him to be referred to the independent adviser on the ministerial code over claims he breached it.

So far David Cameron has resisted, citing his Culture Secretary's appearance before Leveson. By tonight that defence will be over - which Jeremy Hunt must be all too aware of. His immediate job though is to get through today.

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