British Prime Minister David Cameron defended his integrity and that of his staff as he made an emergency statement to a rowdy a House of Commons concerning the phone-hacking scandal.
His appointment of former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as communications officer, a journalist at the heart of the phone-hacking scandal, has caused parliamentary uproar:
David Cameron had this to say on the subject of Coulson:
“Of course I regret and I am extremely sorry about the furore it has caused. With 20/20 hindsight and all that has followed I would not have offered him the job and I expect he wouldn’t have taken it.”
Labour leader Ed Miliband believes the prime minister is guilty of an error of judgement after receiving high-level advice not to employ the former tabloid hack:
“He was warned and he preferred to ignore the warnings. So that the country can have the leadership that we need, why doesn’t he do more … why doesn’t he do more than give a half-apology and give a full apology now for hiring Mr. Coulson and bringing him into the heart of Downing Street.”
Coulson resigned in January and has subsequently been arrested for his alleged role in the widespread culture of phone-hacking in the now defunct News of the World.
It has also emerged that Coulson took advice from his former deputy editor at the News of the World, Neil Wallis while working for Number 10.
Wallis has since been arrested as part of the phone-hacking probe.