Labour MP warns Sun over stolen phone claim
James Cusick is political correspondent of The Independent and The Independent on Sunday. As an experienced member of the lobby, he has previously worked at The Sunday Times and the BBC. His career as a journalist has been split between print and television, including senior positions as producer with Sir David Frost and at BBC Newsnight. He is also an award-winning golf and travel writer, working for over a decade as the UK contributing editor for one of the USA’s leading golf magazines. He broadcasts regularly for the BBC and CNN. He lives in London.
Tuesday 11 September 2012
The Labour MP Siobhain McDonagh has taken legal action against News International and The Sun aiming to prevent the newspaper publishing any confidential information which she claims could have been taken from her stolen mobile phone.
In a claim lodged at the High Court, the Mitcham and Morden MP is also seeking damages in relation to breach of privacy and breach of confidence linked to the theft of her phone.
The MP's solicitor, Mark Thompson, confirmed that proceedings were issued against News International a week ago and related to a stolen handset.
Two months ago a 35-year-old Sun journalist was arrested and bailed by officers from the Metropolitan Police working on Operation Tuleta, the force's specialist investigation into computer hacking and invasion of privacy.
The arrest was confirmed at the time as being linked to suspicion of "handling stolen goods".
News International last night declined to comment on the legal action.
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