Impartial arbiter? Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt on the ropes

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt is facing renewed calls to quit over his links to Rupert Murdoch’s media empire.

A memo has revealed how Hunt appeared to back Murdoch’s attempt to takeover BSkyB just weeks before he was given quasi-judicial oversight of the bid.

Today he faces more potentially damaging revelations when his ex-special adviser returns to the Leveson Inquiry, followed by the Department of Culture Media and Sport’s permanent secretary Jonathan Stephens.

Hunt himself takes to the stand next Thursday – the day after Business Secretary Vince Cable, who was stripped of responsibility for the bid after telling undercover reporters he had ‘declared war’on Murdoch.

Former prime minister Tony Blair, Education Secretary Michael Gove, Home Secretary Theresa May and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke are also due to give evidence next week.

Click on the links below for our comprehensive coverage of the Hunt affair.

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