Andy Coulson to face Leveson
Thu May 10 2012 07:41
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The 44-year-old became Downing Street's communications chief in May 2010 but quit eight months later, saying controversy over the hacking scandal was making his job impossible.
The Prime Minister has said that in hindsight he would not have hired Mr Coulson in May 2007, four months after he resigned.
At the weekend Chancellor George Osborne said Mr Coulson was the "best person for the job" when he was appointed.
Further testimony today will come from Lord Rothermere, chairman of Daily Mail and General Trust, which owns the Daily Mail and Mail on Sunday.
It kicks off two days of hearings at the Leveson Inquiry which could prove damaging for the Prime Minister.
Friday sees the appearance of ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks. She could shed light on text message exchanges with Mr Cameron in which he reportedly expressed sympathy over the phone-hacking scandal.
Mrs Brooks edited the News of the World and The Sun before becoming chief executive of Mr Murdoch's UK newspapers division News International.
Mr Cameron set up the Leveson Inquiry last July in response to revelations that the now-defunct News of the World hacked murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler's phone after she disappeared in 2002.
Source : ITN