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24 June 2014updated 24 Jun 2021 12:59pm

Ed Miliband says the PM “owes the country an explanation” after Andy Coulson guilty verdict

The Labour leader says the PM’s decision to employ the former News of the World editor “taints David Cameron’s government”.

By New Statesman

Ed Miliband has released the following statement in response to the news that former No 10 communications director Andy Coulson has been found guilty of phone hacking:

I think David Cameron has very very serious questions to answer because we now know that he brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street. David Cameron was warning about Andy Coulson. The evidence mounted up against Andy Coulson. David Cameron must have had his suspicions about Andy Coulson and yet he refused to act.

I believe this isn’t just a serious error of judgment. This taints David Cameron’s government because we now know that he put his relationship with Rupert Murdoch ahead of doing the right thing when it came to Andy Coulson.

I think David Cameron must do much more than an apology – he owes the country an explanation for why he did not act, why he did not act on these allegations against Andy Coulson, why as the evidence piled up he didn’t do anything about it and he’s got to explain.

David Cameron  has already issued a “full and frank apology” for keeping Coulson in No 10 as long as he did. He said: “It was the wrong decision and I’m very clear about that.”

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