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British Prime Minister David Cameron will end a trip to Africa early and plans an emergency parliamentary session on the phone-hacking scandal.
 
Cameron flies back on Tuesday after the resignation of the country’s most senior police officer over his hiring of a former News of the World deputy editor as a PR adviser.
 
Paul Stephenson quit on Sunday as London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner over his links to Neil Wallis, who had been questioned during an earlier inquiry into the phone-hacking affair.
 
“I had no knowledge of the extent of this disgraceful practice or indeed to the extent of it and the repugnant nature of the selection of victims that is now emerging,” Stephenson told journalists.
 
Stephenson said he was unaware Wallis worked as a consultant to a luxury spa from which he accepted 14,000 euros worth of hospitality to recover from surgery earlier this year.
 
The arrest on Sunday of Rebekah Brooks, herself an ex-editor of the tabloid, could jeopardise her planned appearance before MPs tomorrow.
 
Her former bosses, Rupert and James Murdoch, will answer questions from legislators.
 
Prime Minister David Cameron will cut his visit to Africa short amid the ongoing phone-hacking scandal, media reports said on Monday.
 
British newspapers reported that Cameron will fly back to the UK tomorrow after the resignation of the country’s most senior police officer over his hiring of a former News of the World editor as a PR adviser.
 
Paul Stephenson quit on Sunday as London’s Metropolitan Police Commissioner over his links to Neil Wallis.
 
Wallis had been questioned during an earlier inquiry into the phone-hacking affair. He was deputy editor of the now defunct tabloid paper when it was investigated for tapping the telephones of members of the Royal Family.
 
“I had no knowledge of the extent of this disgraceful practice or indeed to the extent of it and the repugnant nature of the selection of victims that is now emerging,” Stephenson told journalists.
 
Stephenson said he was unaware Wallis had also worked as a consultant to a luxury spa from where he accepted nearly 14,000 euros worth of hospitality to recover from surgery earlier this year.
 
Brooks, who stepped down from her post on Friday, was set to be quizzed by MPs tomorrow.
 
Her former bosses Rupert and James Murdoch will answer questions from legislators, although the former NOTW editor’s appearance could be jeopardised by her arrest.