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David Cameron's ex-media chief accused of pure hypocrisy over affair

Published on Apr 24, 2014 9:43 PM

LONDON (REUTERS) - Prime Minister David Cameron's ex-media chief was accused on Thursday of pure hypocrisy when, as editor of a Rupert Murdoch tabloid, he exposed a government minister's affair while conducting his own extra-marital relationship.

Appearing in the witness box for the sixth day at the tabloid phone-hacking trial at London's Old Bailey court, Andy Coulson said he regretted revealing in 2004 that then interior minister David Blunkett was having an affair.

Mr Coulson, who denies conspiracy to hack into mobile phone voicemails, had told the jury last week that a reporter on the now defunct News of the World had once played him excerpts of voicemail messages left by Mr Blunkett on the mobile phone of a woman with whom he was having a relationship.

That enabled Mr Coulson to confront Mr Blunkett about the relationship and splash the story on the paper's front page.

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