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Jun 13, 2012 7:38 AM by Associated Press

UK government split over News Corp. case

LONDON (AP) - British lawmakers will debate whether to investigate the culture minister over allegations he favored Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. in its bid to take control of a satellite broadcaster, with the coalition government split on whether to back him.

Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg has asked his lawmakers to abstain on a vote Wednesday on whether Jeremy Hunt should be investigated over News Corp.'s effort to take full control of BSkyB, in which it holds a 39 percent stake. Hunt denies secretly aiding the bid.

Relations between the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats have become strained over disagreements on austerity measures, political reform and Britain's position on Europe.

Prime Minister David Cameron said Liberal Democrats would abstain to show they didn't have a close relationship with Murdoch's media.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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