British Prime Minister David Cameron will support a motion by Britain’s opposition party calling on News Corp. to withdraw its bid for BSkyB.
Ed Miliband, leader of the Labour Party (pictured left), will have the House of Commons vote on whether "it is in the public interest for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to withdraw their bid for BSkyB."
A spokesman for Cameron said after the motion was announced, "We are intending to support it," the Guardian reported.
The motion would in no way be binding, but it may place more pressure on Murdoch, who was asked Tuesday to appear before Parliament, along with his son James and News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, to answer questions about the scandal.
The developments come a day after the British Culture Minister sent News Corp.’s bid to takeover BSkyB back to the Competition Commission both because of the growing scandal over phone hacking at the News of the World, and because Murdoch reneged on his promise to spin off Sky News as a separate company.
Cameron's backing for the measure is especially notable since he hired former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his director of communications after he resigned from the tabloid in 2007. He stepped down as editor on the day his former royal editor, Clive Goodman, was imprisioned for conspiracy to access phone messages.
Coulson resigned his post with Cameron in January as the investigation into phone hacking expanded.