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Lewis mislays Baldwin memo

Remember way back in February when Ed Mili's director of strategy, Tom Baldwin, sent out an email to the Shadow Cabinet on phone hacking?

The leaked missive told the shadow team not to conflate the BSkyB bid with the hacking allegations at the News of the World.

"These issues should not be linked. One is a competition issue, the other an allegation of criminal activity....We must guard against anything which appears to be attacking a particular newspaper group out of spite."

Well, it looks like Ivan Lewis didn't get (or perhaps 'mislaid') the memo.

The Shadow Culture Secretary has today come out strongly against Jeremy Hunt's decision to nod through the BSkyB merger. In doing so, he explicitly linked the merger with hacking.

Here's Lewis's quote:

“Mr Hunt may be obeying the letter of the law but many will question whether he is upholding the spirit of the law.

"We recognise that the current legal framework does not allow serious admissions of criminal conduct by News International to be taken into account when considering Newscorp's acquisition of BSkyB.

"But as the Minister responsible for media policy in this country, it is disappointing that Jeremy Hunt has had so little to say on the phone hacking scandal.”

 "The current police investigation must lead to the full disclosure of all evidence, with those responsible brought to justice."

Lewis goes on to stress that it's not just News Corp which has been involved in hacking. But his point was made.

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