Miliband 'was careful' in his statement on Coulson

Labour has said leader Ed Miliband was careful in his televised statement yesterday not to raise issues of Andy Coulson's character or the facts of the trial.

However, Mr Miliband did refer to the Prime Minister's former director of communications as a "criminal" - a fact "which had been established by the jury itself".

Labour leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of 'bringing a criminal into the heart of Downing Street'.
Labour leader Ed Miliband accused David Cameron of 'bringing a criminal into the heart of Downing Street'. Credit: Pool

"It seems to us that these are matters between the judge and the Prime Minister," a senior Labour source said.

"We were reacting to the Prime Minister's statement. We were responsible in our reaction to the Prime Minister's statement," they added.

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Hacking jury discharged after failure to reach verdicts

The hacking trial jury has been discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two charges against former No 10 spin doctor Andy Coulson of conspiring to commit misconduct in a public office by paying police officers for two royal directories.