David Cameron 311.
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LONDON - Prime Minister David Cameron cut his trade mission to Africa to two days from four on Monday as pressure mounted at home for him to take control of the escalating phone-hacking scandal.
Cameron's spokesman said the Conservative Party leader decided at the end of last week to shorten the visit to two days.
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The spokesman would not explicitly link the shortening of the trip with the phone-hacking affair that on Sunday led to the resignation of Britain's most senior police officer, Paul Stephenson.
Asked why he had decided to continue with the visit to South Africa and Nigeria, the spokesman said Cameron had a number of roles and responsibilities: "One of them is the economy" and promoting British business, he said. An aide added that Cameron was "very busy".
Cameron will be joined on the trade visit by business leaders including Barclays Chief Executive Bob Diamond.
Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron has come under fire for his
closeness to Murdoch's media empire; he chose former News of the World
editor, Andy Coulson, as his communications chief.
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Cameron is also a friend of Rebekah Brooks, the News International chief
executive who was editor at the News of the World
during much of the
Brooks, who has denied knowing about the alleged hacking cases, resigned
over the allegations at News International's News of the World
the paper she edited at the time some of the worst offenses were
alleged to have happened. On Sunday UK police arrested Brooks for her
involvement in the scandal. She was briefly questioned and then released
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