Never saw Brooks in her pyjamas, retorts Cameron



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.

PTI