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Part of Oral Answers to Questions — Prime Minister – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 13th July 2011.

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Photo of David Cameron David Cameron The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party 12:33 pm, 13th July 2011

I agree. There is nothing wrong with meeting editors or proprietors and trying to explain why your vision is the right one for the country. People expect you to do that. Where it can go wrong, and where it has gone wrong, is where politicians start doing things, perhaps influenced by those media companies, that they would not otherwise do. I well remember standing at the Opposition Dispatch Box opposing 42-day detention, which I do not think for a minute most of those on the—sorry—then Government Front Bench believed in. I think they were doing it because of the pressure that they felt from some parts of the press. It is profoundly wrong, and the sort of thing that we must stop in the future.