Alex Salmond and Leveson
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The release of 163 pages of emails from News Corporation this week, given as evidence at the Leveson Media Inquiry, has sprung up something which is potentially very damaging to Scotland's First Minister, Alex Salmond. The revelation this week that Alex Salmond met with News Corporation head, and worldwide media magnate, Rupert Murdoch to discuss gaining the support of the Murdoch press for the Scottish National Party at the Scottish Parliamentary Elections last May for which Mr Salmond would, in return, lobby the Westminster Government on behalf of the BSkyB takeover bid of Sky has rocked the normally immaculate public image of the First Minister. The evidence given shows that Mr Salmond met with Murdoch on six different occasions since October 2007, until their most recent documented meeting on the 29th February this year. In addition to this, they had four confirmed telephone calls, with three more possible conversations, which have not been confirmed. At First Minister's Questions in the Scottish Parliament on Thursday 26th April, Mr Salmond claimed he was prepared to lobby for BSkyB in order to save over 6000 jobs which BSkyB has in Scotland, and the First Minister said he had concerns over the potential loss of these jobs. He claimed that: "One of the issues that was being discussed last year was that BSkyB were moving from nine contractors to two contractors, and that carried with it the risk of major job losses in Scotland, unless Scotland won the contracts."
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