Live As it happened: Clegg and Salmond at Leveson Inquiry

Key points

  • Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond appear.
  • MPs defeat a Labour bid to have Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt investigated over his handling of News Corp's BSkyB bid.
  • Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks is bailed to appear again in court on 22 June to face three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sarah Bell 
  • Lucy Wilkins 
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Good morning and welcome to our live coverage of Nick Clegg and Alex Salmond at the Leveson Inquiry. We'll be keeping across their evidence at the Royal Courts of Justice, plus keeping an eye on events at Parliament.

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BBC political correspondent Ross Hawkins says it's likely that Mr Clegg will be asked about his long-standing acquaintance with News Corp lobbyist Fred Michel and text messages between one of his advisers and Mr Michel.

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Our correspondent says that none of the interactions amount to wrongdoing. However, the danger for the Lib Dems is it amounts to the perception that the moment they got into government they were just the same as the Conservatives in terms of their relations with News Corp - something Mr Clegg will want to deny.

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Scotland's First Minister Alex Salmond is scheduled to appear after Mr Clegg. He has come under pressure from opposition parties over his relationship with Rupert Murdoch.

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Meanwhile in the Commons, MPs are set to vote on a Labour bid to have Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who appeared before the inquiry last month, investigated over his handling of News Corp's BSkyB bid.

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Labour is pressing for No 10's adviser on ministers' interests to examine the culture secretary's conduct. But Mr Clegg has told his Liberal Democrat MPs to "stay away" from the vote.

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Scotland political editor Brian Taylor says the key question Mr Salmond faces is why he was prepared to lobby the government on behalf of News Corp over the BSkyB bid. The leader says it was to protect jobs, but his opponents say it was in return for support from the Scottish Sun - which switched to support his SNP party.

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Across town, ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks arrives at Westminster Magistrates' Court where she faces three charges of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. Follow our coverage of the story here.

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Nick Clegg

Nick Clegg arrives at the Royal Courts of Justice.

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