Jeremy Hunt’s former special adviser Adam Smith faces further grilling over his role in News Corp’s bid for BSkyB
• Jeremy Hunt’s former special adviser, Adam Smith, tells the Leveson inquiry that the cabinet minister and key Department for Culture Media and Sport officials knew of his contact with News Corporation over its BSkyB bid.
• Smith said he regretted the “perception of collusion” with News Corp over the bid.
• He said Hunt assured him over evening drinks he would not have to resign over the Frédéric Michel emails, then the following morning told him: “Everyone here thinks you need to go.”
• Smith said he would not have been as strong as Hunt in the outspoken memo to the prime minister in support of BSkyB bid.
• David Cameron has said he stands by his decision to give Hunt quasi-judicial oversight of the deal, despite the controversial memo.
• Metropolitan police have arrested a 37-year-old woman, understood to be a News International journalist, over alleged inappropriate payments to public officials.