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Alastair Campbell told the Leveson Inquiry today that former Prime Minister Tony Blair had only spoken six times between 2002 and 2005 with News International chief executive Rupert Murdoch in the run-up to the Iraq war.
However, he pointed out that Mr Murdoch was a “very significant figure in the media landscape”:
The Speaker of the House of Commons has effectively ordered Jeremy Hunt to face MPs’ question about his dealings with News Corporation.
Harriet Harman, the Labour deputy leader and shadow culture secretary prompted the Speaker's intervention.
She had asked the Speaker whether it was acceptable for a minister to refuse to answer parliamentary questions on the grounds that he would be giving evidence in due course to an inquiry.
Hunt has refused to answer questions about what he knew about the contacts between his special adviser and News Corp, saying he will address this in his evidence to Leveson.
Tony Blair's former communications chief Alastair Campbell has told the Leveson Inquiry that he was "very friendly" with the News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks. "I really liked her, but friendship is overstating it", said Mr Campbell.
However, he revealed today that he spoke Ms Brooks on average once or twice a week.
Alastair Campbell has revealed why the Labour party decided to court The Sun rather than other newspapers, when he was appointed as Tony Blair's director of communications.
Former cabinet secretary Lord O'Donnell has told the Leveson Inquiry that David Cameron's links with the media were too close.
He admitted that he had not always been successful in ensuring ministers maintained a distance from the press.
News International has hit out at allegations made about Rupert Murdoch's back-room dealings with politicians.
Robert Jay QC, counsel for the Leveson Inquiry, was accused of "headline grabbing" by suggesting the media mogul was suffering "selective amnesia" about his talks with Margaret Thatcher.
The company's barrister Rhodri Davies QC insisted there was nothing sinister going on.
He said: "Mr Murdoch has nothing to lie about. The documents tell the story."
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The former head of the Civil Service, Gus O'Donnell, is due to appear before the Leveson Inquiry today.