Coulson in court over 'hacking'

Seven people including David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson will appear in court charged over the phone hacking scandal.

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Andy Coulson in court charged with phone hacking

Seven people including David Cameron's former spin doctor Andy Coulson are due to appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court charged over the phone hacking scandal.

Former News of the World editor Coulson is accused, along with ex-managing editor Stuart Kuttner, former news editor Greg Miskiw, former head of news Ian Edmondson, ex-chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck and former reporter James Weatherup.

They all face one general charge of alleged phone hacking between October 2000 and August 2006 that could affect as many as 600 victims, along with other specific accusations.

John Prescott: Politicians need to learn their lessons in the wake of the phone hacking scandal

Former Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott, has said that politicians need to learn their lesson in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

Speaking to Daybreak, Lord Prescott, said: "Most prime ministers and leaders take the view that they have to have a good relationship with Murdoch and I think politicians need to learn their lessons."

Eight people including Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson were among eight people charged over phone hacking yesterday.


Hacking victim: 'I feel sorry for those charged'

Former Liberal Democrat MP and hacking victim Mark Oaten has told ITV News he feels sorry for the eight people charged in relation to phone hacking.

Mr Oaten, who received a court settlement following civil action against News International, said that "they have families who have been affected".

CPS statement relating to Ian Edmondson charges

by - Former Correspondent

The Crown Prosecution Service has issued this statement after it emerged that former NoW news editor Ian Edmondson first learnt he would face charges through a press conference earlier today.

All suspects were contacted yesterday (Monday) to let them know that they would be emailed the decision in relation to their clients shortly before 11am today.

As agreed, all legal representatives were emailed before 11am today with the decision in relation to their clients, and we were not made aware of any issues by any of the legal representatives concerned.

Although the email was sent to Mr Edmonson’s solicitors we understand that there was a technical delay in the receipt of the email.

We have made telephone contact with Mr Edmonson’s legal team to ensure that the information has now been received.

– The Crown Prosecution Service


Ian Edmondson learnt of charges through CPS press conference

by - Former Correspondent

Ian Edmondson, one of those charged in relation to phone hacking, first learnt that he would face proceedings through today’s Crown Prosecution Service press conference, ITV News has been told.

Ian Edmondson phone hacking allegations
Former News of the World News Editor Ian Edmondson told ITV News he will "clear my name". Credit: PA

Solicitors for the former News of the World news editor have told us neither he nor his legal team were informed before the statement was made on live television.

“He has learned about the charges he will face from the reports of the CPS press conference earlier today,” Edmondson’s solicitors told ITV News, "rather than because he or his lawyers were informed this morning as has been suggested by the CPS."

Today Edmondson told ITV News: "For the past 18 months my family and I have suffered in silence. I have not given interviews or spoken out in order to get my points across or to correct reported lies or inaccuracies.

"I have much to say on this subject and I now look forward to saying it. I will clear my name at trial when the truth finally emerges.’

Coulson's charges are embarrassing for PM but not critical

by - Political Editor

Andy Coulson's phone hacking charges are extremely embarrassing for the Prime Minister. This was a senior official employed by David Cameron and it is extremely tricky from his point of view that this is back in the headlines.

From Downing Street's perspective this story just goes on and on, I don't think there is any doubt that this has done them some damage - the blows just keep on coming.

From their point of view, there are two potential positives; at least it is moving to some sort of resolution. You've had Mr Coulson's resignation, then you've had the Leveson Inquiry, now you have charges - at least they can see there may come a point when this does not dominate the headlines.

The other point is that this is not that surprising - this story has dominated the headlines for a long time.

I think the reality is that the next election will not be fought on this, it will be fought on the economy, welfare and issues like that. They probably feel they've sustained most of the damage they are going to sustain on this issue, annoying as it is to have it back in the headlines.

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