Tuesday, August 23, 2011
#hackgate #TomWatson 'What Andy Coulson told me about secondary payments from News International on 21st July 2009'
Q1735 Tom Watson: Just one last round of questioning. You knew that you were going to resign before sentencing but on the day of sentencing you resigned from the paper.
Mr Coulson: I actually resigned two weeks before I announced it.
Q1736 Tom Watson: Two weeks before. And did you get a redundancy payment for that?
Mr Coulson: I got what was contractually due to me. Obviously I did not work my notice so I received what was contractually due.
Q1737 Tom Watson: Then you were six months out of work.
Mr Coulson: About five months.
Q1738 Tom Watson: And then you went work directly for the Conservative Party.
Mr Coulson: That is right.
Q1739 Tom Watson: And you have not got any secondary income other than that have you?
Mr Coulson: No.
Q1740 Tom Watson: So you did not do any work with PR firms in the meantime?
Mr Coulson: No, I had a brief conversation with an advertising agency about being a consultant but I never received any money from them.
Q1741 Tom Watson: So your sole income was News International and then your sole income was the Conservative Party?.
Mr Coulson: Yes.
Tom Watson: That is great, thank you.
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