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.
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.