New Scandal for Murdochs - Call for inquiry into Salmond adviser and News Corp

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The Labour party is calling for a 'formal examination' of the role of a Scottish government adviser and his dealings with News Corporation. It follows evidence given by James Murdoch at the Leveson inquiry. During the session, a News Corporation email was read out suggesting Alex Salmond's adviser had agreed to call the UK culture secretary about BSkyB. The opposition has asked whether Mr Salmond was prepared to lobby on behalf of News Corp's takeover bid for BSkyB. The Scottish government later revealed the adviser referred to in the email was Geoff Aberdein, employed as a special adviser to the first minister. Labour said it plans to write to the government's permanent secretary, Sir Peter Housden, to ask him to examine Mr Aberdein's conduct and whether or not he breached the code imposed on special advisers, who are classed as civil servants...

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