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PM faces the wrath of MPs over Jeremy Hunt

By Oliver Wright and James Cusick

The Prime Minister was dragged to the House of Commons yesterday to face hostile questioning from MPs on why he still refuses to allow an inquiry into whether his Culture Secretary broke ministerial rules over the BSkyB deal.

An irate Mr Cameron faced criticism that he was using Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry as a “smokescreen” to avoid a full investigation into the conduct of Jeremy Hunt.

Labour leader Ed Miliband claimed that the Culture Secretary had committed three breaches of the ministerial code.

“The Prime Minister is defending the indefensible and he knows it,” Mr Miliband said.

During almost an hour of questioning Mr Cameron attacked Mr Miliband as “weak and wrong”.

Mr Cameron said the reason he had not referred Mr Hunt to his independent adviser on ministerial interests, Sir Alex Allen, was that he felt it was better dealt with by Lord Leveson's inquiry.

He said this had been agreed by the Cabinet Secretary, Jeremy Heywood, and repeated that if any evidence emerged that questioned the actions of Mr Hunt he would take action under the code.

He did acknowledge that it was not Lord Justice Leveson's role to adjudicate on the ministerial code: “That is an issue for me and I will deal with it properly,” the Prime Minister said.

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