The private investigator regularly commissioned by senior editors at the News of the World was "generally known" by staff to be part of the paper's "special investigations team", the Old Bailey has heard.

Prescott hits back after former Met chief accuses him of ranting

John Prescott is embroiled in an extraordinary row with the former senior Scotland Yard officer who investigated the News of the World phone-hacking scandal.

Prescott accused of 'ranting' over phone hacking

Lord Prescott was accused of "ranting" and wasting public money today after he said he would seek a judicial review into the News of the World phone-hacking row.

Sienna Miller set to sue 'News of the World' over phone hacking

The actress Sienna Miller is poised to become the latest litigant to join a growing queue of high-profile figures seeking damages from the publishers of the News of the World newspaper over the illegal hacking of voicemail messages.

Phone-hacking: Where does it all go from here?

The No 10 communications chief proclaims his innocence, but with inquiries and court cases threatening, David Cameron and Rupert Murdoch are watching keenly. James Hanning reports

Ken Livingstone to ask Yard if he was victim of hacking

The former mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, yesterday became the latest public figure to suggest that he is a victim of phone-hacking by News of the World journalists. He is writing to the Metropolitan Police to ask whether his details were on the list of names seized by officers who arrested Glenn Mulcaire and Clive Goodman, the private investigator and tabloid reporter jailed for phone-hacking in 2007.

Commons declares war on 'media barons and their red-topped assassins'

New parliamentary inquiry will have the power to force senior newspaper executives to give evidence

Glenn Mulcaire may have to hand over details of his contacts

Glenn Mulcaire, the private investigator at the centre of the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, could be forced to hand over details of his journalist contacts at a succession of cases due to come to court.

Sleaze watchdog to probe phone-hacking row

MPs referred the News of the World phone-hacking row to the parliamentary sleaze watchdog today for further investigation.

Glenn Mulcaire: In his own words, private detective at heart of phone-tapping scandal

The private investigator jailed in the News of the World phone tapping scandal, Glenn Mulcaire, planned to write a book which would allege that the hacking of voicemails took place with the knowledge of senior staff.

New probe launched into phone-hacking claims

A new inquiry into allegations that public figures had their phones hacked was launched today.

David Cameron under pressure to defend Coulson as calls for inquiry grow

Labour leadership rivals unite in call for inquiry as victims take case to High Court

Leading article: Coulson taints Cameron

There are some conspiracy theories that happen to be true. And just because you are paranoid does not mean that they're not listening to your voicemail. The Andy Coulson furore may look like one of those beltway politics stories, but it is not. The personal integrity of the Prime Minister's staff is important; and the story has implications for civil liberties, including the right to privacy, which is not threatened only by government.

Charlotte Harris: A star witness who risks prosecution is an unlikely liar

Who to believe? On one side we have Andy Coulson, a former showbiz hack and red-top editor, who says he knew nothing about illegal phone-hacking taking place at the News of the World during the five years he was in charge. On the other is Sean Hoare, another former showbiz hack, who was showbiz editor during Coulson's reign and who alleges that Coulson knew all along what was going on. Not only did Coulson know, says Hoare, he actively encouraged his staff to intercept the phone calls of celebrities in the pursuit of exclusives.

Is Coulson the most dangerous man in Britain? (As the NoW might say)

Some senior Labour figures think so. As the privacy controversy spirals, Andy Coulson is truly in the thick of it. But where will this tale of modern Britain end?

Jowell's revelations add to Coulson's discomfort - and Cameron's

Hackers illegally tapped a mobile phone belonging to Tessa Jowell at least 28 times while she was a serving cabinet minister, it emerged last night.

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