Daily Archives: July 8, 2011

Kiran Stacey

Andy Coulson, former head of communications to David Cameron in Number 10, has been arrested for phone hacking and corruption. This came less than an hour after a press conference at which David Cameron came close to calling for Rebekah Brooks’ resignation.

Andy Coulson

Andy Coulson (c) Getty Images

11.56: We’re going to shut down the live blog now, but keep an eye on the FT website for regular updates on this story throughout the day. Here is a final roundup of today’s events:

  • Andy Coulson, the former head of communications to David Cameron, has been arrested on charges of phone hacking and corruption.
  • David Cameron has defended his decision to appoint Coulson, saying he wanted to give him a second chance.
  • But Cameron came close to calling for the head of Rebekah Brooks, News International’s chief executive, saying if he had been offered her resignation he would have taken it.
  • There will be two public enquiries into phone hacking: one led by a judge looking at specific allegations of hacking; the other at wider media ethics.
  • The second, broader enquiry will look at a replacement for the Press Complaints Commission, marking an effective end to the PCC.

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