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David Cameron says the issue of Andy Coulson's lower-level security vetting is a "complete red herring".
David Cameron [referring to Nick Clegg]: I don't remember [his concerns] being particularly strong but he did raise the question. I'd worked with Coulson by now for some time... I wanted to make sure he was 'coalition friendly' so that may have been an additional concern.
David Cameron will resume his evidence at 2pm
Cameron: "His [Andy Coulson's] contacts and work as an editor were important. But the most important thing was is this person going to be good at doing the job of managing the press and communications for the Conservative Party? I wanted someone who could stand up to the pressure."
Referring to Andy Coulson's appointment, David Cameron said there were some people within the Conservative Party who said "don't have a tabloid editor".
Cameron: "I raised issue of phone hacking [with Andy Coulson] in the face to face meeting we had in my office."
David Cameron says he does not recall if he discussed Andy Coulson's character and integrity with Rebekah Brooks. His main concern was Coulson's competence.
Cameron: "I was looking for someone who was a big hitter and cope with huge media pressure... Tabloid editors bring something that others wouldn't. Not a wish list - just the right person with the right skills.
There were two or three others... We decided on Andy Coulson... he was the only tabloid editor available at the time."
Mr Cameron said he met Rupert Murdoch in Santorini, Greece, in August 2008.
Cameron: "My position on the BBC is not the same as James Murdoch's position on the BBC... I support the licence fee."
The Prime Minister went on to say he was trying to win over media owners and outlets, but not trading policy for that support.
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