Major: Murdoch's EU demand

Sir John Major has told the Leveson Inquiry that Rupert Murdoch privately warned him in 1997 to change his policy on Europe or his papers would not support him. This appears to contradict Mr Murdoch's claim that he had never tried to influence PMs.

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John Major: Murdoch asked me to change policy

When Rupert Murdoch stood before the Leveson Inquiry he said: "I have never asked a Prime Minister for anything".

Former Prime Minister John Major appeared to directly contradict that today, admitting that Mr Murdoch had asked him to change his policies in order to win the support of his newspapers.

He recalled a dinner before 1997 election at which Mr Murdoch allegedly told him he didn't like the Conservative Party's European policies, and that his newspapers would not support him in the upcoming election unless he changed them.

Mr Major also admitted that his treatment by the media had got to him at times, saying: "I was much too sensitive from time to time about what the press wrote".

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