Liam Fox, your pants are on fire

Shadow defence secretary caught dissembling about Andy Coulson on Question Time.

I think you'll find that Andy Coulson was neither present at nor involved in that particular tribunal.

* The disingenuous response offered by stuttering, red-faced Liam Fox MP, Conservative shadow defence secretary, after being asked about the Tory spin doctor Andy Coulson's involvement in bullying on BBC1's Question Time, 25 February 2010

The original source of the hostility towards the claimant [Matt Driscoll] was Mr Coulson, the editor; although other senior managers either took their lead from Mr Coulson and continued with his motivation after Mr Coulson's departure; or shared his views themselves.

* The verdict of an east London employment tribunal in the case of bullying brought against the News of the World, 23 November 2009

Mehdi Hasan is a contributing writer for the New Statesman and the co-author of Ed: The Milibands and the Making of a Labour Leader. He was the New Statesman's senior editor (politics) from 2009-12.

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