Friday 24 March 2017

Cherie Blair to sue News Group after being named as alleged hacking victim

Gordon Rayner in London

Cherie Blair is to sue the publisher of the 'News of the World' after it emerged that she was an alleged victim of phone-hacking while her husband was prime minister.

Mrs Blair filed a writ at the High Court in London earlier this week against News Group Newspapers (NGN) and Glenn Mulcaire, the private detective jailed in 2007 for voicemail interception.

Although there have previously been suspicions that she had been a target for Rupert Murdoch's now defunct Sunday tabloid, Mrs Blair has not, so far, been confirmed as a victim of phone hacking.

If NGN accepts that her phone was hacked, Mrs Blair would be the second person to have become a victim while living or working in No 10.

Earlier this month, Alastair Campbell, the former communications chief to Mr Blair, was paid damages by NGN after it admitted hacking his phone.

Confirmation that Mrs Blair's phone was also hacked would raise serious questions about security in Downing Street during Mr Blair's tenure.

The court case is likely to prove uncomfortable for Mr Blair as he is godfather to Mr Murdoch's youngest daughter.

Mrs Blair's claim is the first of what could be dozens of cases against the company, which has already paid out more than £10m (€11.8m) in damages and legal fees to more than 60 victims of phone hacking.(© Daily Telegraph, London)

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