With former News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel on the stand at Leveson Inquiry, evidence reveals more than 1,000 text messages between Michel, Jeremy Hunt and his office. The exchanges comprise around 800 texts from Michel and 257 from Smith.

With Robert Jay QC calmly stalking his evasive witness, here is what we have learned:

  • Hunt told Michel to liaise through “official channels” — after which Adam Smith handled communication
  • Michel admits that Jeremy Hunt supported the bid for BSkyB
  • NewsCorp briefed Hunt’s office with “helpful arguments”
  • Smith was using a personal email account for government business

Smith is in the room watching proceedings in person.

  1. Derek Robinson says:

    “Smith is in the room watching proceedings in person.”

    I read that as “…. in prison”

    Only a matter of time hopefully

  2. I think it’s safe to say that Jeremy Hunt should be loosing his job pretty soon.

    If only the politicians would do the same thing for the average person on the street.

    I mean, let us go back to the queues at Heathrow. I think we had Teresa May, some over MPs for transport and also one for the Olympics all worrying deeply about this, regularly visiting the terminals, speaking with staff, etc etc. I don’t have much of a problem with this, except that I wish they would have the same urgency for the queues at the Job Centres.

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