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‘We`re in this together’, Brooks messaged Cameron

Last Updated: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 21:40

London: David Cameron received a personal text message from Rebekah Brooks claiming they were "in this together", an inquiry heard on Thursday, suggesting that the British Prime Minister had a close relationship with Rupert Murodoch`s top aide.

The message by Brooks, 44, the former boss of Rupert Murdoch`s newspaper group, conveys her disappointment that the Prime Minister did not turn up at a party organised by The Times newspaper.

She suggests a "country supper" to talk about the issue, as their families live near to each other in Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, the Daily Telegraph reported.

The first line of the message is redacted because it was deemed "not relevant".
It goes on to read: "But seriously I do understand about the Times. Let`s discuss over country supper soon. On the party it was because I had asked a number of NI (News International) to Manchester post endorsement and they were disappointed not to see you.
But as always Sam was wonderful and I thought it was EO`s were charm personified!)
"I am so rooting for you too not just as a personal friend but professionally were definitely in this together! Speech of your life… Yes he Cam!" the message read, punning on his surname and on US President Barack Obama`s 2008 election slogan.

Cameron, 45, has come under pressure over his links with Brooks, an ex-editor of the News of the World, since it emerged phone-hacking was widespread at the newspaper.

She is due to stand trial on charges of perjury related to the police investigation into the scandal.

The text message was disclosed to the Leveson Inquiry into the ethics, culture and practices of the British press, during the testimony from the Prime Minister and will be seen as further evidence that Cameron had a very close relationship with Brooks.

Cameron told how he got to know Brooks because of "her role in the media, my role in politics". It got "stronger" when she married Charlie Brooks, who was a neighbour of Cameron.

The Prime Minister said they talked to each other on the phone "quite a bit" but could not remember how often they saw each other socially.

"I don`t think every weekend, I don`t think most weekends but it would depend," he said. "I was definitely seeing her more often because my friendship with Charlie as a neighbour. We play tennis together and all sorts of other things."

During Brook`s evidence earlier, she recalled Cameron`s texts to her that he signed off with `LOL`, meaning `lots of love`, until she reminded him that it meant `laugh out loud`.

The inquiry had heard in May that Cameron signed texts to Brooks "LOL", thinking it stood for "lots of love".


First Published: Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 20:53
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