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Newspaper discloses new Cameron text messages

Associated Press Modified: November 4, 2012 at 7:32 am •  Published: November 4, 2012
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LONDON (AP) — A British lawmaker called Sunday for the country's media ethics inquiry to publish all the text messages it has between Prime Minister David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks, the ex-chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's British newspaper division, who now faces charges over the country's tabloid phone hacking scandal.

The Mail on Sunday newspaper printed two previously unseen messages the pair had exchanged in 2009 on Sunday, prompting a call from opposition Labour Party lawmaker Chris Bryant for Judge Brian Leveson's ethics inquiry to disclose the texts.

Some messages sent between Cameron and Brooks have already been studied by the national panel and released to the public, provoking embarrassment for the British leader. However, other texts — which the inquiry says were not relevant to its work — have been kept private. Bryant claims the messages have been withheld only because they are "salacious and embarrassing."

Cameron, a school friend of Brooks' husband, traded text messages with the senior media figure at least once a week and offered her support after she stepped down in 2010 during the hacking scandal. The leader was also forced to acknowledge that he had occasionally gone horse riding with the couple, an image that appeared to reinforce claims by opponents that Cameron is part of a remote elite.

In one new message disclosed by the Mail on Sunday, Cameron wrote to Brooks: "The horse CB (Charlie Brooks) put me on. Fast, unpredictable and hard to control but fun. DC."

Another message, written by Brooks to Cameron after his speech to his party's 2009 convention, read: "Brilliant speech. I cried twice. Will love 'working together'." In the speech, Cameron had referred to the death of his 6-year-old son Ivan, who suffered from cerebral palsy and a rare and severe epilepsy condition.

Bryant on Sunday urged Cameron to voluntarily release all messages he had traded with Brooks. "You can get over being embarrassed, what you can't get over is deliberately hiding things from the British public," the lawmaker told BBC television.

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