Lord Prescott has joined calls for the police officer who failed to reopen the hacking case in 2009 to resign, as John Yates and other police chiefs prepare to face MPs this morning.
Labour heavyweight Lord Prescott told BBC Radio 5 Live it was "totally unacceptable" that Mr Yates remained in his job and suggested he should go on "gardening leave".
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"I think we're all shocked, day by day, just how much has been involved in this... This is a scandalous affair."
His comments came as Assistant Metropolitan Police Commissioner Yates prepares to answer MPs' questions about the hacking scandal at the Home Affairs Select Committee.
The Committees' chair Keith Vaz has said the allegations against the News of the World are "the most serious" he had ever tackled.
"If I had known then what I know now of course we'd have widened it. I could have handed it over to the specialist crime directorate." The decision, he admitted, "was a pretty crap one".
But pressure is continuing to pile up on the police, after the news emerged yesterday that a police officer sold the Queen's details.
As news continues to emerge of more figures who were targeted by newspapers, Ed Miliband will meet the family of murdered Milly Dowler at 9am.
Yesterday two MPs, Labour's Chris Bryant and Tom Watson, called for Yates to resign during a parliamentary debate.
07/12/2011 1:05 PM EDT
Uncertainty Brooks and Murdoch will appear in ParliamentJohn Whittingdale, the Culture Committee chairman, now says it is not clear whether the Murdochs and Rebekah Brooks will attend the Committee next Tuesday. They were issued written invitations to attend this morning. Whittingdale commented: We need to know who authorised the activities that have now been uncovered at News International. Of the three, we can only compel Rebekah Brooks to attend as she is a UK citizen.
07/12/2011 12:51 PM EDT
Committee's treatment of Yates was 'disrespectful'Sky News: Keith Vaz's interrogation of John Yates was 'disrespectful and unnecessary' says an indignant John O'Connor, former Scotland Yard Commander. I can understand why the phone hacking was indeed a 'low priority with all the terror going on'.
07/12/2011 12:45 PM EDT
News Int. fight back on Brown claimsStatements from News InternationalThe Sun: We're able to assure the Brown family that we did not access the medical records of their son medical records, nor did we commission anyone to do so. The story came from a member of the public. The member of the public has provided a written affidavit confirming this. We are not aware of Mr Brown or his family making a complaint at the time. Sunday Times: We had 'reasonable grounds' to investigate the purchase of Mr Brown's property 'in the public interest'. They deny that they broke any law in investigating the purchase of the flat.
07/12/2011 12:26 PM EDT
Met. resists calls for Yates' resignation
Met. Police Commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson, offers 'full support' to John Yates in statement.
07/12/2011 12:07 PM EDT
|@ ShippersUnbound : Vast majority of NotW staff to get other jobs in News Int|
07/12/2011 11:48 AM EDT
Politicians now rushing to distance themselves from Murdoch.James Forsyth in The Spectator:
Government support for Labour’s motion tomorrow is a victory for Ed Miliband — and it is a sign that whatever hold Murdoch had over British politics has been thoroughly broken by this scandal.
07/12/2011 11:36 AM EDT
Call for John Yates to resignDee Doocey, the Liberal Democrat London Assembly policing spokesperson, is calling on Assistant Commissioner John Yates to resign. She will ask Boris Johnson to support her call for his resignation at Mayor's Question Time on Wednesday.
Baroness Doocey commented:
“It is shameful that John Yates found time to have five lunches with News International, but after just a few hours decided there was no additional evidence to justify a further investigation into phone hacking. Yates has failed literally hundreds of victims.
While he remains in post as Assistant Commissioner of the Met, its reputation will not recover.He must take responsibility for this pitiful review and accept that he has lost all credibility.”
07/12/2011 11:31 AM EDT
Yvette Cooper's reaction to Committee findings
'The Home Secretary, who has remained very silent on this, should be talking to senior police officers across the country about how to take this forward to respond to public concerns, and make sure this could never happen again'.
07/12/2011 11:30 AM EDT
Ed Miliband reaction to tomorrow's BSkyB vote“It is welcome news that the Government says it will support our motion. It is now for Rupert Murdoch to recognise the strength of public feeling, and the will of all the major parties.”
07/12/2011 11:19 AM EDT
Govt. representation difficulty tomorrow?
|@ paulwaugh : Jeremy Hunt can't back the Lab motion, No.10 says. If PM ducks out of facing EdM+ Hunt has legal role, who will reply for Govt? Cable? AG?|