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Cameron would vote for abortion limit reduction

David Cameron would vote for a “modest” reduction in the time limit for abortions, he said today.

After Jeremy Hunt’s backing for the limit to be halved to 12 weeks provoked controversy, the Prime Minister reiterated that the Government would not be introducing any legislation to reduce the limit.

However he said he would vote in favour of a motion to reduce the limit, if it was introduced by backbench MPs: “A modest reduction from the 24 weeks would be right, and I would vote for that.”

Along with health experts and women's rights campaigners, Conservatives were also angered at the timing of Mr Hunt's remarks and for re-opening such a sensitive debate.


Lib Dems to abstain on Hunt

Nick Clegg has told Liberal Democrat MPs they can abstain from tomorrow's vote on Jeremy Hunt's referral to the Independent Adviser on Ministers' Interests.

The move increases the likelihood that tomorrow's motion will be passed, and that Mr Hunt will be censured, but a Downing Street spokesman has said that the Prime Minister is "relaxed" about the vote.

The Labour party promised to table a motion when the Prime Minister announced that he would not be referring Mr Hunt, shortly after the Culture Secretary's appearance at the Leveson Inquiry.

Liberal Democrat sources have said Mr Clegg told the Prime Minister that he should be referred "twice" since Mr Hunt gave his evidence at the Inquiry.


Hunt could face Parl't probe

Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt could yet face an independent investigation into whether he broke the ministerial code in his dealings with BSkyB, the Cabinet Secretary has warned.

Giving evidence to the Public Administration Select Committee this morning, Sir Jeremy Heywood said Mr Hunt could still be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests if new evidence was unearthed by the Leveson Inquiry.

“In the light of that investigation, if something comes up on the day of evidence etc – that warrants further investigation or bears his adherence to the ministerial code then we may have to take further action at that point.”

Sir Jeremy also defended his decision to recommend to the Prime Minister that Mr Hunt be investigated, at least initially, by the Lord Justice Leveson.

“I genuinely felt that Lord Justice Leveson would be the right, most rigorous and searching investigation that could be done, and that if we tried to suggest that an alternative approach was set up…I think we’d have been criticised very strongly."


Leveson witnesses warned before report

The Leveson Inquiry has delivered letters to witnesses likely to be censured, in a sign that the inquiry is nearing completion. The Independent reports that those concerned now have several weeks to respond before the final report is published.


Labour demand vote on Hunt referral

Labour will demand a Commons vote on whether Jeremy Hunt should be referred to the independent adviser on ministerial interests, Harriet Harman has revealed.

Appearing this morning on BBC News, the Opposition deputy leader said David Cameron had "torn up" the ministerial code, and added: "So what we're going to do is have a vote in the House of Commons, to ask for it to be referred to the independent investigator on the ministerial code."

Earlier Ms Harman had said it was "deplorable" for the Prime Minister to allow Mr Hunt to get away with an "open and shut resignation offence".

Conservative MP Michael Fallon has responded to Ms Harman's comments by accusing her of bias, and arguing that she "had made her mind up before she'd even seen his evidence." Mr Fallon said that Mr Hunt's evidence had shown that "the ministerial code wasn't breached".


Leveson calls on Smith & Michel

The Culture Secretary's former special adviser Adam Smith and News Corporation lobbyist Fred Michel will be called before the Leveson Inquiry before the end of the month, it has been announced.

Former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, along with her husband Charlie and four others, were charged with perverting the course of justice over the ongoing investigation into phone hacking.


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