Labour Met Murdoch Too!

 

According to the Labour Party, it’s just the current Government who want to cosy up to Rupert Murdoch – the truth, however, is very different.

Tony Blair became Prime Minister on 2 May 1997 and by 1 May 1999, he had met Rupert Murdoch 7 times:

  • 1 June 1997 – Meeting
  • 2 September 1997 – Meeting
  • 13 November 1997 – Lunch
  • 29 January 1998 – Meeting (with Mark Booth)
  • 12 May 1998 – Meeting
  • 21 January 1999 – Lunch
  • 21 January 1999 – Dinner (with Gordon Brown, Irwin Stelzer and Les Hinton)

And let’s not forget after becoming the Leader of the Labour Party, Tony Blair flew to Australia in July 1995 to cement his relationship with Rupert Murdoch at a News Corporation conference.

Gordon Brown became Prime Minister on 27 June 2007 and by 26 June 2009, he had met Rupert Murdoch 13 times:

  • 6 October 2007 – Meeting
  • 6 October 2007 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and JK Rowling)
  • 29 October 2007 – Lunch
  • 22 January 2008 – Lunch
  • 16 April 2008 – Meeting
  • 6 June 2008 – Dinner (with Wendi Murdoch and Sarah Brown)
  • 15 June 2008 – Dinner hosted by Gordon and Sarah Brown for around 36 people including Wendi Murdoch, President Bush and Laura Bush)
  • 16 June 2008 – News Corporation Summer party and dinner afterwards (with other members of Murdoch’s family and Sarah Brown)
  • 25 September 2008 – Dinner hosted by Mayor Bloomberg
  • 26 September 2008 – Meeting
  • 13 November 2008 – Meeting
  • 13 January 2009 – Breakfast
  • 13 June 2009 – The wedding of Rebekah Wade to Charlie Brooks (also attended by David Cameron)
  • 22 June 2009 – Reception for Lord Paul
  • 26 June 2009 – Dinner (with Sarah Brown and Lord Paul)

As always, Labour has jumped on the political bandwagon by calling for Jeremy Hunt’s resignation, but will they also condemn Tony Blair and Gordon Brown?  I doubt it

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