Sir Paul defends free stay at spa


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Sir Paul Stephenson yesterday defended the spa visit that led to his resignation. He quit as Met Commissioner after it emerged that he had accepted a free stay at Champney's while it was being promoted by former News of the World deputy editor Neil Wallis – who was also hired by the Met as a PR consultant.

Sir Paul said he had not known of Mr Wallis's role and had visited because he had felt under pressure to return to work after surgery on a tumour.