Sir Menzies: 'Hacking companies' should not be shielded

Former Liberal Democrat leader Sir Menzies Campbell has said that any MP who revealed a list of 102 companies allegedly implicated in using private investigators to collect confidential data, would be legally protected if they read out the names in Parliament.

Banker, butcher or bookmaker - you are not above the law and if any company has knowingly connived in phone hacking, they should be held to account.

It is worth pointing out that any MP who has seen the list, which has been given restricted circulation, were to read it out in Parliament, he or she would be covered by privilege.

We rightly condemn those elements in the press who engaged in the phone-hacking. There is no reason why any other individuals or institutions should be shielded.

– Liberal Democrat MP Sir Menzies Campbell