London: British Premier David Cameron
on Wednesday faced tough questions in the parliament over the extent
of his relationship with Rebekah Brooks and was forced to
defend himself over reports he attended a Christmas bash at
the house of the former News International CEO.
"I can assure the House that I`ve never held a slumber
party or seen her in her pyjamas," Cameron said in an
extraordinary retort to questions over his friendship with the
flame-haired former CEO of News International.
The slumber party jibe refers to the event Sarah
Brown, the wife of the then prime minister Gordon Brown, held
in 2008 that was attended by Brooks, Rupert Murdoch`s wife
Wendi and his daughter Elisabeth, the Daily Mail said.
Guests were told to `bring their pyjamas` for the sort
of sleepover usually favoured by teenage girls, it said.
As angry opposition lawmakers debated the phone
hacking scandal at an emergency session of the House of
Commons, Labour MP David Lammy demanded to know the truth of a
report that Cameron and Brooks discussed sausage rolls at a
Christmas event at the latter`s house last year.
The opposition also demanded to know if the PM had
discussed Murdoch`s now put on hold bid to acquire BSkyB with
executives of News Corp.
Cameron fell short of denying having discussions with
News executives over the bid, but insisted there was nothing
"inappropriate" in his conversations.
"I never had inappropriate conversations. I completely
took myself out of any decision-making about this bid," he
said to loud jeers from the opposition benches.
It was earlier revealed that Cameron had held as many
as 26 meetings with News International executives since he
assumed office in May last year.
Contending that he had diclosed all his meetings with
the top executives of Rupert Murdoch`s company, Cameron
challenged the Labour Party to reveal all the encounters that
former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Tony Blair had had
with News International.
"When are you going to see the transparency from Tony
Blair and Gordon Brown?" demanded Cameron.