Murdoch has admitted that he discussed the takeover deal with the prime minister on December 23, 2010.

He told the Leveson inquiry that it was a “tiny, side conversation” at a Christmas dinner for up to 15 people at Brooks’ house at Chipping Norton.

Murdoch insisted that he wasn’t trying to influence a government decision over the move by News Corporation to take over all of BSkyB.

Cameron has said that he never had an “inappropriate conversation” about the deal.

He also told parliament that he “completely took myself out of any decision making about this bid”.

It was also revealed at the Leveson inquiry today that Murdoch met Cameron 12 times while he was leader of the opposition, and Murdoch had lunch with Cameron and his family at the prime minister’s country retreat after he was elected in November 2010.

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