Lord Blair denies Rebekah Brooks horse loan leak – Press Gazette
Rebekah Brooks borrowed her Scotland Yard horse after discussing it over lunch with Britain’s top officer, an inquiry heard today.
Former commissioner Lord Blair said he had been dining with the ex-News International chief executive before she called the force’s media chief to request the loan.
The Leveson Inquiry into press standards also heard how the teenage sons of two former commissioners were given work experience at The Sun newspaper.
Lord Blair said he had not been behind the leak to press last week that Raisa the horse was taken into Mrs Brooks’ care.
He also said he had no recollection of telling Brooks about a potential loan but accepted evidence from force press chief Dick Fedorcio that she would have found out about it over a lunch.
Lord Blair told the inquiry: “He (Mr Fedorcio) was telephoned by Rebekah Brooks asking about this arrangement – she had heard that this arrangement existed and he arranged for her to go down to see the inspector in charge of horses…
“This seems to have happened on the day that I had lunch with her and, what I understand Mr Fedorcio is going to say, that this was discussed at the lunch. I have absolutely no recollection of that.”
Lord Justice Leveson asked the former police chief: “Is this a big deal?” Lord Blair replied: “No.”