The hackgate questions Cameron must answer

In the next half hour, the prime minister will make an emergency statement to Parliament on the phone hacking scandal, as more damning revelations emerge.

In the next half hour, the prime minister will make an emergency statement to the House of Commons on the phone hacking scandal, as more damning revelations emerge.


The questions from MPs are expected to focus on Andy Coulson; here are some questions we’d like asked:

1). What information did you receive from Alan Rusbridger on Andy Coulson?

2). What information did you receive from Nick Clegg and from Lord Ashdown?

3). What information did you receive from your Chief of Staff Ed Llewellyn? And from your Head of Strategy Steve Hilton?

4). If you discover either or both of them failed to pass on damaging information about Mr Coulson will you dismiss them?

5). What did you know about Mr Coulson’s dealings with former Scotland Yard (and ex-NotW man) Neil Wallis?

6). What did you know about Mr Llewellyn’s dealings with former Met Assistant Commissioner John Yates?

7). Are you concerned that the police felt you were so compromised by your relationship with Mr Coulson you couldn’t be trusted with vital information?

8). Never mind May 2010, on Mr Coulson, when hiring him in 2007, what were your vetting procedures, what exactly did you know about his time at the News of the World?

9). Are/were you aware of the case of Matt Driscoll? In a triunal in December 2008, he described a culture of bullying under Coulson, and was awarded £800,000 for unfair discrimination and disability discrimination.

10). This happened before your decision to employ him, at no little expense, in 2007. Are you in the habit of employing bullies?

11). Were you aware that the Royal Family were “troubled” by Mr Coulson’s appointment?

12). What exactly is the extent of your relationship with Rebekah Brooks? James Murdoch? Rupert Murdoch?

13). Did you ever discuss the BSkyB deal with any of the three above – specifically when having dinner with Ms Brooks and Mr Murdoch Jr. barely 48 hours after Vince Cable was stripped of his quasi-judicial powers to decide on the takeover?

14). Are you aware of any meetings Mr Hunt had with anyone from News International since being given those powers?

15). Are you guilty of “wilful blindness”?

Left Foot Forward will report back on the prime minister’s performance in the House later today.

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