Kay Burley called “dim” and a “liar”by phone hack MP
Labour’s Chris Bryant MP, who tabled a motion supported by the government for a new inquiry into phone hacking, has called Sky News presenter “dim” and a “liar” as the two clashed in a live TV interview.
Bryant and Burley clashed as calls were made in Parliament for News Corporation chairman, Rupert Murdoch, to give evidence to the standards and privileges committee inquiry into the News of the World phone-hacking row.
The call for Murdoch to appear was made by Tom Watson, a former Labour minister, who said in the House that Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks, chief executive of News International, should be called as witnesses. Both had previously refused to appear at a previous inquiry held by the culture committee.
The new inquiry piles pressure on David Cameron’s director of communications, Andy Coulson, who sits at the centre of the case. Couslon is the former News of the World editor who has denied knowledge of hacking activities while he was editor, but his account has been contradicted by the fresh investigation by the New York Times.
PR Week today reported that senior Conservative PR men have urged Cameron to stand by his comms adviser, as it emerged that the police are likely to discuss the latest allegations with Coulson, who was editor of the Sunday tabloid newspaper from 2003 to 2007.
The magazine also speculated how long Coulson could remain in his post.
“The odds on Coulson leaving his job are shortening by the day. This week, the respected Independent columnist Steve Richards said he would be surprised if Coulson was still in post at the end of the year.
“David Cameron will not be rash. He would be loathe to lose his highly regarded top comms man. But if Coulson fails to break free from the story soon, the PM may well decide that enough is enough. Alternatively, the frustrated former hack could easily make the move of his own volition. Neither outcome would surprise this writer.”