More details of the closeness of the relationship between David Cameron and Rebekah Brooks have emerged as the former News International chief executive prepares to go before the Leveson inquiry this week.
It has emerged in a biography that Cameron texted Brooks in the week she quit as News International boss over the phone-hacking scandal. The book claims that Cameron told her to her to keep her head up.
The book is a revised biography of Cameron by Frances Elliott and James Hanning and called ‘Cameron: Practically a Conservative’.
The Guardian reports that Cameron told Brooks that she would make it through the crises just days before she resigned on July 15 last year as the extent of phone hacking and payments to police at the News of the World continued to escalate.
“It has also emerged that he agreed to meet her at a point-to-point horse race so long as they were not seen together, and that he also pressed the Metropolitan police to review the Madeleine McCann case in May last year following pressure from Brooks.
“The prime minister then sent an intermediary to Brooks to explain why contacts had to be brought to an abrupt halt after she resigned. The authors say the gist of that message was ‘Sorry I couldn’t have been as loyal to you as you have been to me, but Ed Miliband had me on the run’.”
The revelation comes in the week that Cameron’s closeness to Brooks will come under intense scrutiny when she gives evidence to the Leveson inquiry on Friday. It is not known whether precise details of her text exchanges will be published by the inquiry, but it is thought that at certain points she was in repeated daily text contact,” the Guardian reports.
The revelation comes as Brooks and Andy Coulson take their turn at giving evidence to the Leveson inquiry. Coulson is up on Thursday followed by Brooks on Friday.