Cameron press chief claims

PRIME Minister David Cameron’s press chief offered yesterday to talk to police over claims he encouraged reporters to illegally intercept phone messages in his previous role as a tabloid newspaper editor.

Cameron has backed communications director Andy Coulson who denied allegations which resurfaced following reports last week.

Coulson said he would be happy to speak to London police if they wanted to pursue the allegations.

Police have said they will consider any new evidence.

The issue focuses on Coulson’s time as editor of the racy Sunday News of the World tabloid.

In 2007, Clive Goodman, who reported on the royal family for the paper, was jailed for four months after writing stories based on information from a private detective who had illegally accessed the voicemail messages of palace aides.

The newspaper has always maintained that Goodman acted without the knowledge of senior editors, including Coulson.


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