Prime Minister David Cameron tells ITV1's This Morning:
I don't regret giving the job to Jeremy Hunt. It was the right thing to do under the circumstances which weren't of my making.
David Cameron has said he was right to hand over responsibility on ruling over the BSkyB takeover bid from Vince Cable to Jeremy Hunt:
– David Cameron on ITV1's This Morning
He did act impartially because he took independent advice at every stage and he followed the independent advice at every stage so it was right to give him the job.
As I say I hadn't wanted to give anybody the job, I'd wanted Vince Cable, the existing Business Secretary, to go on doing the job but that wasn't possible.
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:
He had said on the record things about BSkyB and Murdoch which were more powerful in a way than the note he wrote me.
I asked the Cabinet Secretary and the Cabinet Secretary consulted lawyers about whether it was right to give him that job.
The key thing was it wasn't what he had said in the past it was how he was going to do the job and I think if you look at how he did the job he asked for independent advice at every stage and he took that independent advice and he did it in a thoroughly proper way.
The Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt will give evidence to Leveson on Thursday next week.
The Education Secretary Michael Gove and the Home Secretary Theresa May will appear on Tuesday.
The Business Secretary Vince Cable and the Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke are due to appear on Wednesday.
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry on Monday.
Adam Smith says he doesn't remember suggesting there could be a phone-call between Jeremy Hunt and James Murdoch (who weren't allowed to meet).
Some of the information from Fred Michel, Adam Smith says he passed on in e-mail to Jeremy Hunt, but not all of it.
Adam Smith says he felt bombarded by information from Fred Michel.
QC Robert Jay reads internal DCMS e-mail which makes it clear the department knew Adam Smith was the point of contact with Fred Michel.
Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt ignores a question on the BSkyB bid as he arrives at the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
His former special adviser Adam Smith continues to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry today.
Former special adviser Adam Smith confirms Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt knew he was in contact with News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel.