As it happened: David Cameron at Leveson Inquiry

Key points

  • The prime minister - Thursday's sole witness - says Gordon Brown's claims about a Tory deal with News International were "complete nonsense"
  • A text message reveals that ex-NI executive Rebekah Brooks told the PM she was "rooting for him" both professionally and personally after the Sun switched allegiance to his party
  • The PM says had he been told Jeremy Hunt could not oversee BSkyB bid, he would not have given him the job

Live text

Reporting:

  • Sarah Bell 
  • Martin Tooth 

Last updated 14 June 2012

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Good morning and welcome to our coverage of David Cameron at the Leveson Inquiry. The prime minister faces up to seven hours of questioning from Robert Jay QC.

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BBC political correspondent Norman Smith says the impression Mr Cameron gives of his judgements and character is as important as the information he provides. It is an enormously important day as people will form a view of what sort of man he is, he says.

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For a full guide to the questions Mr Cameron may face, read our news story here.

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Mr Cameron arrived at the Royal Courts of Justice at just after 09:15 BST. His questioner, Robert Jay QC, arrived for work at 07:00.

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The Leveson Inquiry was sparked by the allegations of phone hacking that emerged last summer. Alongside a police investigation into those matters is one examining claims of illegal payments to public officials. This morning, the Metropolitan Police made three

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Nick Robinson, Political editor

How Mr Cameron did not foresee that the Leveson Inquiry would become, at least in part, a long-running trial of his personal and political judgements. Read analysis of the PM's appearance here.

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Here is Mr Cameron arriving at the Royal Courts of Justice in central London earlier.

David Cameron

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For a reminder of what sparked the Leveson Inquiry and what it is trying to achieve, see our Q&A here.

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And we're off. David William Donald Cameron takes the stand and swears his oath.

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Robert Jay QC says Mr Cameron has submitted 84 pages of evidence.

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