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April 29, 2012

Pride's Purge

The culture secretary Jeremy Hunt has defended himself against accusations that he secretly backed News Corporation’s bid to take over BSkyB when he was supposed to be impartial, by claiming he is not the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport at all.

In a statement to the House of Commons, Mr Hunt said:

It is categorically untrue that as Culture Secretary my handling of the BSkyB merger was unduly influenced by News Corporation because I am not and never have been the Culture Secretary. Therefore I could never have held any meetings with News Corp representatives or had improper communications with them – and as I obviously can’t resign from a job I don’t actually do – my adviser has been made to resign instead.

Mr Hunt’s robust rebuttal of the accusations of impartiality against him surprised many experts, and several MPs demanded to know the true identity of the…

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