Saturday 20 January 2018

MPs grill police over furore

Tom Morgan in London

FROM 'Pink Panther' to 'Alice in Wonderland', the fictional analogies came thick and fast as British MPs locked horns with Scotland Yard over phone hacking.

Keith Vaz said: "This sounds more like Clousseau than Columbo" after Andy Hayman, former assistant commissioner, said claims that he was targeted by rogue journalists were "news to me".

Nicola Blackwood questioned if she had slipped into a fantasy world resembling Lewis Carroll's famous creation.

"I feel a bit like I have fallen through the rabbit hole, I have to say," the Tory MP said, sparking sniggers from the panel during Mr Hayman's evidence.

Assistant commissioner John Yates and Peter Clarke, the Met's former counter-terrorism chief, were also subjected to barbed comments.

Asked by committee chairman Mr Vaz whether he had offered to stand down, Mr Yates said: "No, I haven't offered to resign.

He added: "And if you're suggesting that I should resign for what 'The News Of The World' has done and my very small part in it, I think that's probably unfair."

Irish Independent

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