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.
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A cut in stamp duty to help first-time buyers is likely to push prices by at least the amount the reduction is supposed to save, MPs said.