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Cameron 'right to set up Leveson'

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Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is to have his opportunity to defend his handling of the News Corporation bid for BSkyB at the Leveson inquiry.

Lord Fowler, former chairman of the Lords communication committee, told the Today programme that Jeremy Hunt has got to "establish that he acted independently and impartially".

"It's extremely difficult" for any politician to establish that they acted independently, he said, and believes that decisions such as the BSkyB bid should be "taken out of the hands of the politicians" and have instead an independent organisation "making the final decision"

On the subject of the Leveson inquiry, Norman Fowler believes it was "right" for David Cameron to set it up.

Former chancellor Lord Falconer agreed but says that David Cameron "had no option" as it was "the only way public confidence could be restored".

The Inquiry has "gone beyond control", he says.


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