As it happened: Rebekah Brooks at Leveson Inquiry

Key points

  • Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks has appeared at the Leveson Inquiry into press practices, where she disputed suggestions newspaper editors wielded too much power.
  • Asked about contacts with politicians, she said she had received a commiseration message from David Cameron when she resigned from News International amid the phone-hacking scandal.
  • Among emails given to the inquiry was one apparently suggesting Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt sought "private advice" from News Corporation over phone hacking, which the minister has since denied.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Stephen Robb 
  • Martin Tooth 

Last updated 11 May 2012

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Welcome to our live coverage of the Leveson Inquiry, where former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is giving evidence. Our profile of Mrs Brooks, also a former News of the World editor, can be found here.

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Labour MP Diane Abbott

- @HackneyAbbott - tweets: Discussing #leveson on ITV @Daybreak with Andrew Pierce. We agreed that both Labour & Tory PMs too close to @rupertmurdoch

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BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins will also be following proceedings closely, and you can follow him on Twitter here.

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Nay Bowler, in Nottingham,

- @Nayfoundglory - tweets: #Leveson inquiry today. Rebekah Brooks has friends in high places. Should be interesting...

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You can also follow another BBC correspondent Peter Hunt, on Twitter here. Of course, we shall bring you the best of what they and other BBC News correspondents have to say right here.

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Lawyer Richard Adams

- @LdnFamilyLawyer - tweets: Pantomime horse entering RCJ. Can't think why... #leveson - Photo

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Mrs Brooks is due first up at the Royal Courts of Justice from 10:00 BST.

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All our Leveson Inquiry coverage is gathered in this special in-depth section here. That's probably for later, though, as we'll all be much too busy here for the next little while.

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Here are Mrs Brooks and her husband Charlie en route to the inquiry this morning.

Charlie and Rebekah Brooks

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Peter Hunt, News correspondent

tweets: Legal teams laughing at a pix of a pantomime horse which was outside court. It's not the one once ridden by David Cameron. #Leveson

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