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.

16 Responses to “The hackgate questions Cameron must answer”

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  2. Robert

    The Royal have just said it’s rubbish so that one down.

    Hacking is serious, but just as serious to a young mother who has just had a letter saying her gas and electric is going up, food is going up but her wages or benefits is actually going down.

    we have had weeks and weeks of the hacking it’s now time for the law to act and the hearings, we need to get back to politics.

    Cameron is not going like it or not and if he did go, god help labour if a better or stronger person takes over.

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  4. Ed's Talking Balls

    ‘Hacking is serious, but just as serious to a young mother who has just had a letter saying her gas and electric is going up, food is going up but her wages or benefits is actually going down’

    You seem to be labouring under the misapprehension that Labour (or any political party, or newspaper for that matter) gives a s**t about the serious issues facing people in this country every day. Nope, we must keep phone hacking at the top of the news agenda, ignoring more serious stories all the while. Inflation, anyone? Eurozone crisis? How’s it going in Libya? And let’s not mention Afghanistan…

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  13. Leon Wolfson

    Er… fundamental issues of corruption in the press and police threaten the basis of our democracy. I’m quite sure the Tories want to whitewash it.

    Given Tory policy is also what’s smashing the social support network, I’m sure that you’d prefer to talk about foreign issues as well, Talking Balls.

  14. Ed's Talking Balls

    You need to chill out a bit Leon. Pretending that another contributor to this blog is a BNP supporter was in poor taste, in my view, and misrepresenting what I say on such a consistent basis is getting very tiresome. I didn’t say that there should be a whitewash.

    I was merely pointing out that there are other things going on in this country, and the rest of the world, besides phone hacking by News International. Having watched Channel 4 News just now, it seems that, finally, some among the press are grasping this very simple point. About time, too.

  15. Leon Wolfson

    Ed’s Talking Balls – I thought I was mocking, but apparently not. Go figure.

    And again, I do believe it’s more important than any other domestic issue, especially given the Government is forcing through much of its agenda despite the perfectly legitimate, massive criticism of the harmful effects of its program anyway.

    Media distortion, and police corruption, are issues at the heart of our democracy.

  16. Ed's Talking Balls

    Alright, fair enough. I don’t have a problem with a bit of good-natured mocking, it’s just hard to tell when someone is being serious online. I’ve read plenty of smears and conspiracy theories and sometimes it’s difficult to tell.

    You’re right it’s a serious issue. I wouldn’t want anyone to think that I don’t recognise that. I just happen to disagree that it’s the most serious issue. Certainly deserving of extensive coverage, just not wall-to-wall in my opinion.

    And it’s interesting that the police corruption aspect, which I regard as much the more important of the two issues you highlight, seems to be being treated something of a side note.

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