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Under pressure from Labour, Cameron disowns Murdoch

By Tim Montgomerie
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There was disappointment inside The Sun earlier today when David Cameron appeared to accept, at face value, Gordon Brown's allegations that it had improperly access the medical records of the former PM's son.

There'll be much greater disappointment at NewsCorp at the decision of the Government to back Ed Miliband's motion, calling for Rupert Murdoch to withdraw its offer for BSkyB.

It's a big victory for Ed Miliband, an international humiliation for Rupert Murdoch and a sign that the BBC's dominance in British broadcasting will continue for some time.

It's also yet another example of the Government caving in under pressure. The Government had been determined for the BSkyB bid to proceeed by due process. This episode can be added to the lengthening list of Coalition U-turns.


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