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Deputy Leader of the Labour Party Harriet Harman said: "Jeremy Hunt should not be in his job. He took on responsibility for an impartial, quasi-judicial decision when he was not acting fairly, like a judge. He had already made up his mind."
Mr Stephens said he believed Mr Smith had been drawn into a "web of manipulation" in his dealings with News Corp.
Lord Justice Leveson said the episode was a calamity for the department and the special adviser.
Mr Stephens said:
Jonathan Stephens, permanent secretary at the DCMS, said Mr Smith was considered before the emails emerged to be someone who "understood and would abide by his proper role".
He told the inquiry the better the special adviser, the more reliable a guide they were to a Secretary of State's view.
"I think he was well tuned in to the Secretary of State's thinking," he said.
He went on:
The Prime Minister has said he does not regret giving the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt responsibility for the BSkyB takeover bid.
In an interview on ITV1's This Morning he said he was confident Hunt would "do the job" professionally and independently.
Prime Minister David Cameron tells ITV1's This Morning:
David Cameron has said he was right to hand over responsibility on ruling over the BSkyB takeover bid from Vince Cable to Jeremy Hunt:
Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt's handling of the BSkyB bid in an interview on ITV1's This Morning:
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