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Media mogul urged to drop bid by MPs.

PRESSURE was mounting on News International today as David Cameron joined demands for the media giant to drop the BSkyB takeover bid in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

The Prime Minister will make a statement to MPs today after the Tories and Liberal Democrats signalled they would support Labour leader Ed Miliband's parliamentary motion calling for the plan to be abandoned.

Mr Cameron, deputy PM Nick Clegg and Mr Miliband were also said to be "close to agreement" on the nature of an inquiry into hacking allegations, following talks.

The phone hacking scandal has already seen revelations about the alleged tapping of murder victim Milly Dowler's mobile phone by the now-closed News of the World, as well as victims of the 7/7 London terrorist attacks.

Yesterday, it was alleged former Prime Minister Gordon Brown had been the target of illegal under-cover investigations by people acting on behalf of The Sun and The Sunday Times.

The Sun today defended itself against allegations it accessed Mr Brown's family medical records without his knowledge.

The tabloid, owned by Rupert Murdoch's embattled News International, insisted information that Mr Brown's son Fraser had cystic fibrosis was handed to it by a member of the public - a father whose child also suffered from the disease.

It also claimed Mr Brown and his wife Sarah gave senior staff at the paper consent to publish the November 2006 article.

In an article published today in The Sun, the unnamed member of the public said he contacted reporters with information about Fraser's cystic fibrosis in an attempt to raise awareness about the condition.

Meanwhile, Mr Murdoch, his son James and News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks have been invited to give evidence before MPs at a select committee next week.

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UNDER PRESSURE Rupert Murdoch ACTION Labour leader Ed Miliband meets the family of murdered school girl Milly Dowler, from left, dad Bob, sister Gemma and mum Sally, at his Westminster office
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