£200k hacking payout for former British minister

Former UK Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted £200,000 (€236,000) in damages after her phone was targeted by the News of the World.

£200k hacking payout for former British minister

Former UK Cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has accepted £200,000 (€236,000) in damages after her phone was targeted by the News of the World.

The Labour MP’s lawyers said News Group Newspapers had agreed to pay £100,000 of the settlement direct to a charity of her choice.

Solicitor Tamsin Allen, of Bindmans LLP, said the terms included “an ongoing obligation to disclose documents”.

“News Group has agreed to pay damages in the sum of £200,000, £100,000 of which will be paid directly to a charity which she has supported for some time,” Ms Allen said.

“The payment will be registered with the appropriate parliamentary authorities on receipt.

“She will continue to cooperate fully with the Metropolitan Police investigation and as a core participant in the Leveson Inquiry.

“Her concern has always been to ensure a transparent investigation so that the truth about phone hacking should emerge in full and she is confident that will now happen.”

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