Asked about the impartiality of Lord Leveson following reports that he had attended two parties at the house of Rupert Murdoch in the past year, the PMS said that the Prime Minister and the Lord Chief Justice were made aware of the events being referred to. The PMS said that we had been given one recommendation by the Lord Chief Justice for the position and we had accepted that recommendation.
On whether the Prime Minister viewed those events as irrelevant, the PMS said that we thought Lord Leveson would do a good and thorough job. This inquiry would be held in public and he was sure there would be a great deal of scrutiny.
Asked if the Prime Minister was happy that there could be some differences between the parties on whether Lord Leveson should be heading the inquiry, the PMS replied that he had been in the Chamber for the debate and there had been widespread support for the appointment.
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