British Prime Minister David Cameron must apologise for his “appalling error of judgment” in hiring ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson, Ed Miliband insisted today.
Amid reports that Mr Coulson is set to be arrested by Scotland Yard, the Labour leader urged Mr Cameron to “come clean” about their discussions about phone hacking.
Mr Miliband said the current scandal was “difficult” for the Prime Minister because of his “personal relationships” with some of the key figures involved.
“Putting it right for the Prime Minister means starting by admitting the appalling error of judgment he made in hiring Andy Coulson, apologising for bringing him in to the centre of the government machine, coming clean about what conversations he had with Andy Coulson, before and after his appointment, about phone-hacking,” he said in a speech at Thomson Reuters in London.
Mr Coulson, who resigned from the News of the World in 2007 when its royal editor was jailed for intercepting the voicemails of royal aides, was subsequently appointed by Mr Cameron as the Tories’ communications chief.
He became director of communications at Number 10 when Mr Cameron became Prime Minister last year, but eventually quit that job too in January because of the continued reports about phone hacking during his time at the Sunday tabloid.
Mr Coulson has reportedly been told to attend a central London police station today for questioning over allegations linked to the scandal.