Huge week of politics at Leveson Inquiry next week

Chancellor George Osborne will be asked about his role in the hiring of Andy Coulson, left. Photo: Reuters

For anyone who likes their politics, this is the equivalent of a red carpet film premiere.

The cast list is a prime minister, two former prime ministers, the current chancellor, deputy prime minister, the first minister of Scotland and the Labour leader.

First up on Monday in front of Lord Justice Leveson is former prime minister Gordon Brown, who may choose to refute claims made by Rupert Murdoch that he was in "an unbalanced state of mind" when they spoke as the Sun switched support from Labour to the Conservatives in 2009.

In the afternoon we've got the Chancellor George Osborne. He was only meant to give written evidence but he's now been called to appear in person principally because of involvement in the hiring of Andy Coulson, the former News of the World editor, as David Cameron's spin doctor.

And then after Sir John Major, Alex Salmond, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband, you've got the whole day of the Prime Minister.

What will David Cameron say, for example, about riding horses with Rebekah Brooks, the former News International chief who is now charged with perjury?

For all those reasons, it's worth getting the popcorn in next week.

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