Prescott attacks Cameron over phone tap claims

Author: Press Association

Mr Cameron was said by a Tory party spokeswoman to be “very relaxed about the
story” involving Tory director of communications Andy Coulson – the former
editor of the News of the World.

Mr Prescott, who says he wants answers from police over claims they knew his
phone was tapped by private investigators working for journalists, said he
was “staggered” the Tory leader was “relaxed” about the role played by Mr
Coulson.

Mr Prescott accused Mr Cameron of double standards after the Tory leader had
demanded the Government sack Damian McBride, the Downing Street aide who
resigned amid the Tory email-slur saga.

The former deputy Prime Minister told BBC Breakfast: “If these allegations are
to be believed, the enormity of it is unbelievable.

“I am actually staggered that Mr Cameron, who employed Mr Coulson, who was the
editor at the time through all these allegations, says he’s quite relaxed
about these allegations.

“I find that staggering particularly when he demanded that Mr McBride (was
sacked). To say he’s relaxed about this is just unbelievable.”

MPs from all three parties, including Mr Prescott and Cabinet minister Tessa
Jowell, were among the targets of alleged phone taps by journalists working
for News Group Newspapers, The Guardian said.

Mr Coulson said last night he had “no knowledge whatsoever” of any settlement
with Gordon Taylor, chief executive of the Professional Footballers
Association.

But Mr Prescott added: “He (Mr Coulson) should come before the committee and
explain what he did know. It’s time for him to speak out and it’s time for
Mr Cameron to ask the essential questions that he can certainly find out if
he reads the Guardian.”

Mr Coulson resigned from the News of the World after royal editor Clive
Goodman was sentenced to four months in prison in January 2007 for plotting
to hack into telephone messages belonging to royal aides.

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