Phone-hacking scandal 'far beyond News of the World', alleges MP, calling for James Murdoch to resign as BSkyB chairman
A Labour MP has alleged that phone hacking at News International has gone "far beyond the News of the World" as he claimed that the Sun newspaper is also implicated in illegal practices.
Tom Watson made the allegation during an emergency motion debate on the phone-hacking scandal at the Labour party conference which called for James Murdoch to stand down as chairman of BSkyB in the wake of the phone hacking scandal that rocked Rupert Murdoch's media empire this summer.
The scandal took centre stage at the party conference on Tuesday morning as speakers took turn to lament Labour's past era of cosy relationships with media barons and called for measures to clamp down on bad practice by media companies and journalists.
Watson warned Labour activists that the scale of phone hacking at the now closed News of the World could be the tip of the iceberg.
"Do you really think that hacking only happened on the News of the World?" he said. "Ask Dominic Mohan, the current editor of the Sun. He used to joke about lax security at Vodafone when he attended celebrity parties. Ask the editor of the Sun if he thinks Rupert Murdoch's contagion has spread to other newspapers. If he gives you an honest answer, he'll tell you it's only a matter of time before we find the Sun in the evidence file of the convicted private investigator that hacked Milly Dowler's phone."This month we learn that journalists at the Times are affected by this scandal. The paper is shutting down its BlackBerry phone network – I hope they aren't deleting the records."... read more