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Phone hacking: How to follow the committee meetings later today

July 19th, 2011Posted by in Legal, Newspapers, Politics

There will be plenty of eyes on parliament this afternoon, as some of the most senior figures of the Metropolitan police and News Corporation (prior to a handful of resignations in the past few days), are due to attend select committee meetings for questions on the phone hacking scandal and related issues.

First up is John Yates, who yesterday resigned from his post as assistant commissioner for the Metropolitan police and Sir Paul Stephenson, who announced his intention to step down as commissioner on Sunday. They will both be appearing in front of the home affairs committee, along with Dick Fedorcio the director of public affairs at the Metropolitan police, at 12 noon.

Later in the day the spotlight will move to the culture, media and sport select committee, where News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch and his son and chairman of News International James Murdoch, will face questions from MPs at 2.30pm. Rebekah Brooks, who resigned from her post as News International chief executive on Friday and was arrested and bailed on Sunday in connection to allegations of phone hacking and corruption, is also due to appear before the committee.

Journalism.co.uk will be closely watching each session this afternoon, offering regular updates via a live-blog on Journalism.co.uk as the sessions take place. You can also follow breaking news from the committees via our Twitter channels, @journalismnews and @journalism_live. In the meantime you can use our ‘More on…’ topic page on phone hacking to get up-to-date on the latest developments in the scandal.

Update: The home affairs committee says it will also meet at 5.30pm to hear from Lord Ken MacDonald, former director of public prosecutions (DPP), Keir Starmer QC, the current DPP and Mark Lewis, the solicitor representing the Dowler family.

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