THE BRITISH PRIME Minister has admitted he rode the horse that former News International executive Rebekah Brooks was lent by the Metropolitan police.
The embarrassing admission from David Cameron came during a press conference at the summit of eurozone leaders in Brussels this afternoon following a week of stories about his relationship with Brooks who was revealed to have fostered a retired Met Police horse for two years.
The horse, Raisa, was stabled at Brooks and her husband Charlie’s farm between 2008 and 2010.
Cameron is a close friend of Charlie Brooks and went riding with him on a number of occasions. He revealed today he had rode Raisa on one such occasion before going on to disclose that the horse had since died.
“Before the election I did go riding with him. He has a number of different horses and yes one of them was this former police horse Raisa, which I did ride,” he told the assembled world media.
The revelation raises further questions about Cameron’s relationship with Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of The World and The Sun tabloid newspaper, who resigned as chief executive of News International last year amid the ongoing controversy over phone hacking.
Brooks has been the subject of much controversy over her and her newspapers’ relationship with the Metropolitan Police. She denies any knowledge of phone hacking while she ran the two tabloid newspapers, both owned by media tycoon Rupert Murdoch.
Both Cameron and Brooks, who lives with her husband in the Prime Minister’s Witney constituency, are said to be part of the so-called Chipping Norton set of powerful public figures who socialised regularly prior to the phone hacking scandal breaking last year.