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Phone-hacking row: Tony Blair to discuss press-politics links

Former British Premier Tony Blair is the first among high-profile politicians scheduled to appear before the public inquiry, which is televised live.



London: Former British Premier Tony Blair, who was the beneficiary of media baron Rupert Murdoch`s support to his party before the 1997 elections and later, will appear on Monday before the Leveson inquiry set up in the wake of the phone-hacking row.

Blair is the first among high-profile politicians scheduled to appear before the public inquiry, which is televised live.

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who is under a cloud for allegedly being pro-Murdoch, will appear on Thursday.

Other politicians scheduled to appear before the inquiry in the next few days are Education Secretary Michael Gove, Home Secretary Theresa May, Business Secretary Vince Cable and Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.

Prime Minister David Cameron will also appear before the inquiry later.
As evidence before the inquiry threw up new facts about press, politics and the police, Scotland Yard today arrested a 37-year-old woman journalist as part of investigations into payment to public officials for information to be used in news content.

Scotland Yard said that the woman journalist arrested as part of Operation Elveden had been held on suspicion of conspiracy to corrupt under the Prevention of Corruption Act 1906; suspicion of conspiracy to cause misconduct in a public office, contrary to Common Law, and suspicion of bribery, contrary to the Bribery Act 2010.
She is the 30th person to be arrested under Operation Elveden inquiry, which is running alongside a probe into phone hacking.

About the arrest, the Yard statement said: "It relates to suspected payments to a public official and is not about seeking journalists to reveal confidential sources in relation to information that has been obtained legitimately."

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