Cameron cuts short Africa trip

2011-07-18 09:09

London - Prime Minister David Cameron is cutting short an African trade tour to fly back to Britain to take control of an inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal that has led to the resignation of the country's top policeman, media reported on Monday.

The Guardian said Cameron had halved the tour's length to two days from four, and will only visit South Africa and Nigeria. Plans to visit Sudan and Rwanda have been cancelled, it said.

The prime minister will fly home on Tuesday to allow him to finalise the arrangements for Lord Justice Leveson's inquiry into the media, the newspaper said.

The Financial Times said the prime minister was returning to the Britain to fend off criticism that he was out of the country in the midst of the scandal.

It cited a source close to the prime minister as saying that the Africa trip had been shortened to enable him to focus on events closer to home.

"There are quite a few pressing things going on," the source told the FT.

  • Rudi Kay - 2011-07-18 13:24

    Police chief in trouble in the UK? Sounds familiar. Apparently also like a bit of luxury in his life!

  • Spade - 2011-07-18 13:39

    Come now Mr. Cameron! What's all the fuss about? Take a leaf from our beloved President's Book of Morality, and simply apologize. Works for anything from corruption to extra-marital affairs. If that doesn't work, blame it on the Roman Invasion...

  • lassie95 - 2011-07-18 13:39

    Strategist please read the article properly. Cameron is NOT implicated in the hacking scandal, nor is he corrupt. It is however expected of him to take control of the situation, as befits his position. The inquiry into the scandal was ordered by the Government. He is a politician and does a much better job than Blair or Brown anyway To brand him as a pig is a bit over the top.

      Azizi - 2011-07-18 14:59

      Funny Cameron has ahd 26 meetings with Murdoch's executives since taking office.

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