British Prime Minister David Cameron faced a bristling House of Commons as he made a statement on the latest revelations related to the phone-hacking scandal in the UK.
Cameron’s appointment of former News of the World national tabloid newspaper editor Andy Coulson as his communications officer after high-level warnings not to do so came under the parliamentary microscope.
British Prime Minister David Cameron said: “I want to address my own responsibilities very directly, and that brings me to my decision to employ Andy Coulson. I have said very clearly that if it turns out Andy Coulson knew about the hacking at News Of the World he will not only have lied to me but he will have lied to the police, to a select committee, to the Press Complaints Commission and, of course, perjured himself in a court of law.”
Coulson resigned in January and was subsequently arrested for his alleged role in the widespread practice 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 tabloid, Neil Wallis, while working for Number 10.
Wallis has also been arrested as part of the phone-hacking probe.