3 in 5 want Hunt inquiry

David Cameron has dismissed calls for an independent inquiry into the Culture Secretary over News Corp's bid to takeover BSkyB. But 60% of people surveyed for The ITV News Index poll say they want one and 49% say he should quit.

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Hunt debate reflects 'character of the Government'

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the issue over Mr Hunt reflected on the "character of the Government" and there was "clear evidence" that he had breached the ministerial code in "at least three ways".

People need to know there is the utmost probity and integrity in the way Government is being run.

It is a pattern with this Prime Minister, particularly around News International... He resists the calls for change.

Everybody can see that the obvious thing for him to do is make this referral to Sir Alex Allan.


PM's (qualified) support of Jeremy Hunt

David Cameron has offered qualified support to Jeremy Hunt, who is facing calls for his resignation over his handling of the BSkyB deal.

"As things stand, I don't believe Jeremy Hunt broke the ministerial code," Mr Cameron said, but he added that he could yet order an independent investigation after the Culture Secretary has given evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

He has been resisting demands to call in his independent adviser on ministerial interests, Sir Alex Allan, arguing that the issue should be left to Lord Justice Leveson.

If evidence comes out through this exhaustive inquiry where you're giving evidence under oath - if he did breach the ministerial code, then clearly that's a different issue and I would act.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

Labour: 'Cameron must comment on Hunt in Commons'

On Monday Labour will demand the Prime Minister comes before the Commons to make a statement on Mr Hunt and the ministerial code.

Labour leader Ed Miliband believes Mr Cameron is failing to enforce the ministerial code and must explain himself to MPs.

A Labour source said: "David Cameron is still trying to hide behind the Leveson Inquiry.

"With Parliament breaking up on Tuesday, Mr Cameron must come to the Commons and explain to the British people why he is ducking his responsibilities to enforce the ministerial code."

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