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UK's Cameron apologises to parliament over ex-media chief found guilty of phone-hacking

Published on Jun 25, 2014 7:38 PM
 
British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) on Wednesday apologised to parliament for hiring Andy Coulson, his ex-media chief, after Coulson was found guilty of being part of a phone-hacking conspiracy. -- PHOTO: REUTERS/AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister David Cameron on Wednesday apologised to parliament for hiring Andy Coulson, his ex-media chief, after Coulson was found guilty of being part of a phone-hacking conspiracy.

"I take full responsibility for employing Andy Coulson, I did so on the basis of assurances that I received. I am sorry, this was the wrong decision," Mr Cameron told parliament.

But in heated exchanges, Ed Miliband, the leader of Britain's opposition Labour party, repeatedly called Mr Cameron's judgment into question saying he had wilfully ignored warnings about Coulson and did not have any answers to a series of questions about the scandal.

"Today we know that for four years the prime minister's hand picked closest adviser was a criminal and brought disgrace to Downing Street. We now also know that the prime minister wilfully ignored multiple warnings about him," said Mr Miliband. "The prime minister will always be remembered as being the first ever occupant of his office who brought a criminal into the heart of Downing Street," he said, referring to the British leader's office.

 
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