PRIME Minister David Cameron has had to cancel a visit to Bletchley Park to answer an urgent question in Parliament about Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.
Mr Cameron had been due to talk to deliver a speech to Conservative party members in Milton Keynes about the local election campaign.
The event had been due to start at 2.45pm, but the PM has had to head to Westminster after Speaker John Bercow granted Labour leader Ed Miliband the right to question whether Mr Hunt broke the ministerial code in the way he dealt with News Corporation’s takeover bid for BSkyB.
Labour’s urgent question asked whether the Prime Minister ‘will refer the conduct of the Secretary of State for Culture, Olympics, Media and Sport in respect of his dealings with News Corporation to the Independent Adviser on ministerial interests’.
The rumpus arose after emails between Mr Hunt’s special advisor Adam Smith and News Corp’s head of public affairs Frederic Michel were revealed at the Leveson Inquiry into the British press.
Mr Hunt has denied claims that the emails show the firm had a ‘back channel’ of influence to his office, but that didn’t stop Mr Smith resigning.
Mr Cameron told MPs he has seen ‘no evidence’ that Mr Hunt acted improperly and said calling an inquiry into the matter was ‘not necessary or right’.
It is unclear whether Mr Cameron’s visit to Bletchley Park will be re-arranged, although time is of the essence as local elections are due to take place on Friday.