PMQs: Cameron Under Pressure Over Recession And Murdoch (Live Updates)

25/04/2012 10:44 | Updated 25 April 2012

Ed Miliband has often been criticised for botching his performances at Prime Minister's Questions even when he has a wide open goal.

With Jeremy Hunt's career hanging in the balance following the devastating evidence from James Murdoch at the Leveson Inquiry yesterday and news this morning that the UK has slipped back into recession, the Labour leader has never had a bigger target to hit.

Ed Balls meanwhile will no doubt have spent the hours leading up to PMQs practising a new "double-dip" hand gesture ... we have high expectations.

25/04/2012 13:18 BST

A good day for Theresa May?

@ BarnacleBum :

Theresa May is sat there thinking 'At least its not me today-phew!' looking rather uncomfortable even so. #pmqs

25/04/2012 12:55 BST

Ben Bradshaw says Hunt is wrong over OfCom referral

The former Culture secretary says that both OfCom and Vince Cable thought he BSkyB bid should be referred to the Competition Commission.

25/04/2012 12:49 BST

Jeremy Hunt - I never spoke to News Int lobbyist.

Hunt is reminding MPs that there is no paper trail leading to him from News International. Now he is blaming Labour for having done nothing about press governance.

25/04/2012 12:48 BST

Our liveblog is following the Commons...

Jeremy Hunt is now claiming that he took four decisions which "went against what News Corp wanted". Including checking the bids status with OfCom.

25/04/2012 12:46 BST

Hunt: I had not made my mind up over the BSkyB bid.

He says that while he had expressed sympathy for the Murdoch bid before he was made responsible for judging on it, he became genuinely impartial once it was handed to him from Vince Cable.

25/04/2012 12:45 BST

The front bench is out in force for Hunt

@ christopherhope :

#leveson Full front bench for Hunt's embarrassment. No one left after PMQs #showofsolidarity

25/04/2012 12:44 BST

Harman re-issues her call for Jeremy Hunt to resign

...at the end of her speech to the Commons

Hunt is now responding, saying he deplores Harriet Harman's fail our to rise above party politics.

Hunt is struggling to be heard, and the Speaker is now telling Hunt off for straying from the issues at hand, in attacking Labour for failing to show humility.

25/04/2012 12:43 BST

Harman suggests Hunt was accountable for his SPAD.

She says under 3.3 of the Ministerial Code Hunt is accountable for Adam Smith.

"He was not judging this bid, he was backing this bid, and he should resign."

25/04/2012 12:41 BST

Harman: Either Michel was Mystic Meg or he had been told.

She says there was a great deal of transparency for Murdoch but none for opponents of the bid or the House of Commons.

25/04/2012 12:40 BST

Harriet Harman: News International was given an unfair advantage.

She says Hunt was acting "like a judge" in a quasi judicial role. She suggests that James Murdoch was given an unfair advantage.

"is he really going to suggest to this house that James Murdoch's adviser knew all this was a co-incidence?"

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