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David Cameron, British PM, texted support to Rebekah Brooks, book claims


David Cameron and Charlie Brooks attend the book launch for Brooks' book "Citizen" in London on April 1, 2009


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British Prime Minister David Cameron texted Rebekah Brooks in the week that she resigned as chief executive of News International over the phone hacking scandal, telling her to "keep her head up," it has been claimed.

According to a widely claim, reported in a biography of Cameron titled "Cameron: Practically A Conservative," the contact between the pair then came to an abrupt halt.

The biography, serialized in The Times of London and cited by other media, also details how the pair would often pop round to one another's houses in south Oxfordshire.

According to Sky News, Cameron has said in the past that he and Brooks' husband, Charlie, have been friends for "for years and years," having been at school at Eton together.

However, according to the Guardian, Cameron has also admitted that he and other politicians became too close to too many newspaper proprietors and executives.

"The wider public might have liked to know too of the text message that Charlie Brooks told friends Cameron sent to Brooks at the beginning of the week in which she resigned, telling her to keep her head up and she'd get through her difficulties," the biography's authors, Francis Elliott of The Times and James Hanning of the Independent on Sunday, reportedly wrote.

"Such contact came to an abrupt halt soon afterwards, with Brooks not wanting to embarrass Cameron and he wanting to be able to say, hand on heart, that they had not been in touch.

"But it was claimed that Cameron did send an emissary to Brooks to mitigate his sudden coldness towards her."

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The Times, which is published by News International, did not provide direct quotes of any part of the text message and a publicist for Elliott and Hanning did not immediately return a call seeking comment, the Associated Press reported.

Brooks, a former editor of Rupert Murdoch's News of the World tabloid, has since been arrested on suspicion of phone hacking and obstruction of justice.

She and Andy Coulson, Cameron's former communications chief are expected to take the stand Thursday and Friday at the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics.

The inquiry is examining the often too-cozy relationship between British politicians and the country’s press.

Brooks, 43, is likely to disclose further details about her close relationship with Cameron at the inquiry while Coulson, who followed Brooks as editor at the News Of The World, will speak about how he came to be appointed the Tories' top press officer.

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