Coulson & Brooks charged

Five people, including former No 10 Communications Director Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks, have been charged as part of the investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials by journalists.

Andy Coulson charged over misconduct claims

Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson has been charged after answering bail at a south London police station today.

Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson
Former News of the World Editor Andy Coulson Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

Mr Coulson was charged with two counts of conspiring with Clive Goodman - a journalist - and with a person or persons unknown to commit misconduct in public office.

"He has been bailed to appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on 29 November 2012", police said.

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Cameron: 'I've made clear my regret over this issue'

by - Political Correspondent
Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in Belfast earlier today
Prime Minister David Cameron speaking in Belfast earlier today Credit: ITV News

"I've made clear my regret over this issue," the Prime Minister told me today in Belfast when I asked him about the latest charges against Andy Coulson and Rebekah Brooks.

But he wouldn't expand on quite what he regrets, saying, "With court cases pending, we should leave it at that."

While the legal process runs its course, Mr Cameron may hope that the awkward questions about his judgement in hiring Coulson will go away.

That seems unlikely, given the nature of the charges today against his former Press Secretary.

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