Tom Watson

Kiran Stacey

So far the News of the World phone hacking affair has run largely along party lines. Labour MPs have lined up to call for various inquiries and investigations, while the Tories and Lib Dems have kept largely silent, with Number 10 issuing denials that Andy Coulson knew anything about the hacking that we do know took place.

Today that changed. A fired up Commons has voted unanimously to refer the matter to the  committee on standards and privileges, the most powerful Commons committee, and one which has the power to subpoena witnesses.