PM: No 'covert' Murdoch deal

The closeness of David Cameron's links to the Murdoch media empire were further exposed today when it was revealed Rebekah Brooks told him they were "definitely in this together".

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'No wish list' for media chief - but liked tabloid editors

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."

Former Downing Street Communications Director, Andy Coulson
Former Downing Street Communications Director, Andy Coulson Credit: Reuters

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Cameron's 2008 meeting with Rupert Murdoch in Greece

Mr Cameron said he met Rupert Murdoch in Santorini, Greece, in August 2008.

It was just an opportunity to get to know Rupert Murdoch. Obviously I was trying to win over his newspapers and put across my opinions. For me it was just a opportunity to build my relationship. It was quite a long way to go ... it just seemed like a good opportunity.

– David Cameron

Cameron's meetings with the Murdoch family

Mr Cameron was asked about meetings with members of the Murdoch family, which owns The Sun newspaper. He told how James Murdoch promised The Sun's support for the Conservatives at a meeting in September 2009 - prior to the May 2010 General Election, after which Mr Cameron became Prime Minister.

It was a drink and a catch up... He wanted to tell me The Sun was going to support the Conservatives. I was obviously pleased.

– David Cameron

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