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Testimony of Sir Paul Stevenson Reversed Timeline - Latest first



1330: Edward Parry from Chester e-mails: It would seem that Sir Paul is a man with "no knowledge". It is a bit worrying that someone in his position has little knowledge (or "no knowledge") of some of the people he employed and the goings on in the met. A cynic might wonder whether Sir Paul could be accused of failing to maintain control and responsibility or his organisation.
1330: Philip Shaw from Kidderminster e-mails: Clearly the commissioner must keep in touch with the media - it is a very important part of his job - but why does this have to be in the form of lavish lunches, dinners and other forms of paid for hospitality. Those offering such hospitality do not pay for it without expecting something in return and, in the unlikely event that they don't, that is the perception of most reasonable people.
1329: Sir Paul says he is going because he is a leader - and is putting the force first. "That's leadership, and that is why I'm going," he says.
1329: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News Sir Paul has tee'd up the next session with John Yates - his own session has overrun so it would be surprising if John Yates isn't grilled for even longer. When the Assistant Commissioner last came before this committee the chairman Keith Vaz said he found Mr Yates's evidence 'unconvincing.' At that time Mr Yates was adamant he wouldn't resign. A week is a long time in policing and politics.
1328: Chairman Keith Vaz begins to wrap up - where does Sir Paul's resignation leave the Met? Sir Paul says he sincerely regrets that Mr Yates has quit - but he says the London force will recover, and the vast majority of officers are decent, hard working individuals.
1328: Nick Vaughan from Hereford e-mails: Why did the London Met, with 45 press officers on the payroll, then employ Neil Wallis, formerly at the News of the World as a 'consultant' on 1000 per day? And the opposition say we cannot avoid cutting numbers of front-line police! Paul Stephenson has also just said he plays 'no role in procurement'.
1327: Ten members of the Met's Department for Public Affairs - where 45 press officers work - have worked previously for News International in some capacity, Sir Paul reveals.
1326: Blogger Harry Cole tweets: Would quite like a tshirt with "You'll have to ask Mr Yates about that" on it.
1325: MP Nicola Blackwood asks if Sir Paul made any "informal remarks" to Mr Yates about his expectations when he asked him to take another look at the previous hacking inquiry - Sir Paul says he doesn't think so.
1324: Labour MP for Exeter Ben Bradshaw tweets: #wato disagree with usually excellent Norman Smith's analysis. No10 warning Stephenson off mentioning Wallis moves story on big time
1323: Jo from Birmingham e-mails: Looking into phone hacking wasn't as important as fighting terrorism, but lunches with newspaper editors was?
1322: Sir Paul says with a big story, the Met would generally try to put a response out as quickly as possible.
1322: Tory MP Mark Reckless asks if John Yates might have felt under pressure to provide a quick response about reopening the phone hacking case - because Sir Paul himself had said he anticipated a statement perhaps later that day - Sir Paul says he doesn't think so.
1321: Lib Dem Julian Huppert asks about News of the World journalist Neville Thurlbeck, who the Evening Standard claims "has admitted working as an official police source under the codename "George'" and, the paper alleges, was given to access to the police national computer. Would Sir Paul have been aware of this? Sir Paul says he was not.
1318: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News Interesting that Sir Paul stresses that the former anti-terror chief Peter Clarke "was a man of great integrity" but declines to offer the same description of his then colleague Andy Hayman.
1317: Laura Kuenssberg tweets: This is running v late - possible now that Yates will still be at Home Affairs when the Murdochs' evidence begins
1314: politics.co.uk tweets: Starting to feel a bit like a warm up act now. Bring on Rupert. I imagine twitter is going to explode - http://bit.ly/q48nsy #hackgate
1313: Boris Johnson's famous "codswallop" reference to the phone hacking allegations is raised - Sir Paul says he doubts that's what John Yates would have told the mayor of London
1311: Political Editor of Sky News Adam Boulton tweets: 2 More witnesses: John Yates and Dick Fedorcio to fit in before Murdochs at 2.30pm. No apology yet on anything from Stephenson.
1311: Ahead of the Murdochs appearing before another committee later - there's a queue outside Portcullis House, 15 journalists have been allowed in but the rest have been turned away. 30 members of the public have also been allowed in.
1310: Sir Paul is being asked why the investigation was not re-opened in 2009 - he says questions on this topic will have to be put to Mr Yates but says he had no reason to suspect the first investigation had not been successful
1308: politics.co.uk tweets: Wallis never came to Sir Paul's office. But he gave him occasional advice on speeches. Confusing - http://bit.ly/q48nsy #hackgate
1308: The session had been due to end at 1315 - looks like it's going to overrun.
1307: And the committee moves on to the first phone hacking police investigation - does he accept it was "not as thorough" as it should have been? Sir Paul says the investigation was run by a man of great integrity - Peter Clarke. Is he suggesting Andy Hayman is not a man of great integrity - Sir Paul denies this.
1305: Journalist Andrew Watt tweets: Stephenson close to getting annoyed #hackgate #notw #hacking
1305: It's going round in circles a bit as Sir Paul again says he had no reason to doubt Mr Wallis
1304: Brad Bennett from Pershore e-mails: Sir Paul Stephenson is clearly an honourable man - a credit to himself and his uniform. What a great shame that some dirty press methods have resulted in him having to leave a job for which he has worked so hard. Those scum of the press responsible should be both ashamed for the methods used in getting information and for the way they have even distorted the clear words in Sir Paul's resignation. I think he should get reinstated (if he can be bothered to carry on after all this mess) once this matter is closed.
1303: Labour MP Steve McCabe asks what Mr Wallis was appointed to do in Sir Paul's office - Sir Paul says he did not work in his office but gave him "occasional advice on speeches" and did not work directly for him.
1302: Liz A from London e-mails: Why, according to Sir Paul Stephenson, is phone hacking not a priority compared to terrorism yet the phone hacking was so serious as to Milly Dowler's phone being hacked and her voicemail interfered with, causing many, many issues to the murder case as well as much hardship and suffering for her family?
1301: Were police judgements clouded because of friendships with journalists? Sir Paul says he has no reason to believe that.
1300: Sir Paul says he does not read former Met Assistant Commissioner Andy Hayman's columns in the Times
1259: David Winnick is not convinced - Sir Paul says the original phone hacking investigation, which resulted in two convictions, had appeared successful at the time
David Pavett from London e-mails: Sir Paul Stephenson defends his lunch dates with the News of the World on the basis of his percentage of "contacts" with that paper and with the rest of the press. But what is a "contact"? An email is a contact. Is an e-mail on a par with a lunch date?
1257: The committee continues its questions about the employment of former NoW deputy editor Neil Wallis - Labour MP David Winnick asks if it doesn't seem "amazing" that after one police probe into phone hacking, the person involved at the paper involved was hired by the Met.
1255: Tory MP Lorraine Fullbrook asks if Mr Wallis was consulted about Sir Paul's contact with the Guardian - Sir Paul says absolutely not and adds he had never had a conversation with Mr Wallis about phone hacking.
1255: Sir Paul says he does not believe the Met was "involved in a conspiracy".
1254: Sir Paul denies putting pressure on the Guardian to "lay off" the phone hacking story
1254: Was Neil Wallis on 1,000 a day? Sir Paul says he was told he was "the cheapest person available".
1252: Lib Dem Julian Huppert says he cannot find any declaration that Sir Paul had stayed at Champneys - Sir Paul says he made sure it was in the hospitality register, which would be published "at the end of the next quarter".
1251: Sir Paul says he was not involved in the "procurement" process by which Mr Wallis got the job. He says he only found out at the weekend that Mr Wallis's daughter got a job with the Metropolitan Police
1251: Sir Paul says there are 45 media consultants or press officers working for the Met - Keith Vaz asks why he needed another one. Sir Paul says he regrets the "embarrassing" contract with Mr Wallis but he says the Met public affairs team needed extra support.
1250: Sir Paul says he doesn't think he ever met Mr Coulson before David Cameron became prime minister. Keith Vaz suggests it is inconceivable that Mr Coulson would not know that Neil Wallis had a job with the Met - Sir Paul says if they were friends, they would have talked. He stresses that Mr Wallis was "not working directly for me".
1249: Sir Paul said he wanted an exchange with the Guardian and to know why they were not accepting police assurances - and told them to liaise with Mr Yates.
1248: Wasn't it odd that the former NoW editor ended up with a job with the leader of the opposition - now PM David Cameron - and his deputy ended up with a job with the Met? Chairman Keith Vaz asks.
1247: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News This line of questioning is interesting - why did Sir Paul say he was too busy to make phone hacking a priority, yet he also told The Guardian that their stories on hacking were overblown? Sir Paul places responsibility for this firmly on John Yates's shoulders - Mr Yates has to answer questions in the next hour.
1246: Tory MP James Clappison asks why Sir Paul had tried to persuade the Guardian their phone hacking coverage was exaggerated - he says he relied on assurances from Assistant Commissioner John Yates.
1245: Sir Paul says it was not his decision to make News International so dominant in the marketplace - as he defends the amount of contact he had with the newspaper group
1244: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News Just like the former anti-terrorist assistant commissioner Andy Hayman before him, Sir Paul is taking the line that, faced with a terrorist threat, phone hacking just wasn't a priority
1244: Sir Paul says between 2005 and 2010, the News of the World represented 17% of his press contacts, while the paper represented 16% of press readership.
1243: Asked by Conservative James Clappison why he had 18 lunches or dinners with the News of the World over a five-year period, and seven or eight with Neil Wallis, Sir Paul says the Met commissioner has to meet the media. But he adds that "we need to change the way we do it".
1242: Paul Collings from Brighton Thirty minutes into this meeting and the chairman, Keith Vaz, is still insisting the committee restrict their questions to the resignation when the discussion veers off topic. Why is this?
1242: The stay at Champneys was declared in the hospitality register, despite there being no need to do so, Sir Paul says.
1241: Labour MP David Winnick asks if it was "inappropriate" to receive free hospitality from Champneys - owned by a family friend of Sir Paul. The ex-police chief disagrees, saying it was "damnably unlucky" that Neil Wallis was connected to the company.
1239: Sir Paul says he is "very, very confident" that ex-assistant commissioner John Yates would not have known of Neil Wallis's connection with Champneys, despite describing him as a personal friend.
1237: Mr Wallis did not declare to anyone at the Met that he was working for Champneys, Sir Paul says.
1236: Sir Paul says he is "completely baffled" as to why he should have known Neil Wallis was working for Champneys health spa when he accepted a free stay there.
1235: Phone hacking was not a priority for the Met, admits Sir Paul, unlike the "night stalker" rapist case, the murder of Stephen Lawrence and other "major, major cases".
Sir Paul says that, when he became commissioner, there was no reason for the phone hacking case to be on his desk.
1232: Lib Dem MP Julian Huppert asks whether the morale of the Met could be improved - and how. Sir Paul says some colleagues have spoken of their "pride" that he has taken responsibility for problems and resigned.
1231: Sir Paul is asked why he did not tell the PM earlier about Neil Wallis. He says he does not recall sharing any information on suspects with the PM previously.
1231: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News Labour leapt on Sir Paul's comments about Andy Coulson in his resignation speech and tried to get the focus on to David Cameron's judgment rather than on the police but Sir Paul is giving them very little additional ammunition today.
1229: Outgoing Met chief Sir Paul Stephenson is coming under sustained questioning from MPs about why he resigned - and why he appeared to criticise the prime minister in his resignation statement.
1227: Asked if he should have been alerted sooner about the "conflict" involving Neil Wallis, Sir Paul says this would not have been possible. Only Mr Wallis could have done so, he adds.
1225: The first time Sir Paul read an article mentioning Neil Wallis in connection with phone hacking was in January this year, he says.
1225: Committee chairman quizzes Sir Paul about why he did not tell the home secretary about the plan to arrest Mrs Brooks
1224: Sir Paul says he knew Rebekah Brooks was going to be arrested "a day or two before" it happened on Sunday.
1221: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News No10 will be pleased that, rather than ratcheting up the pressure on David Cameron, now Sir Paul says he didn't intend to imply, in his resignation speech, the prime minister wasn't trustworthy.
1220: Ex-News of the World journalist Neil Wallis's PR contract with the Met was "very minor and part-time", Sir Paul says.
1219: Sir Paul says he never asked a question about phone hacking, as he had no reason to believe the original investigation had been unsuccessful.
1218: "I made no personal attack on the prime minister", Sir Paul says.
1218: Sir Paul says he had no reason to doubt Neil Wallis's integrity or associate it with hacking when he hired him to do PR work.
1216: Sir Paul says he agrees with the prime minister that the employment of Neil Wallis by the Met was "entirely different" to Mr Cameron's hiring of Andy Coulson as his chief of communications. He denies he was "taking a swipe" at the PM in his resignation speech by comparing the two issues.
1215: Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News Keith Vaz has fessed up to his own connections with Champney's but raised the issue that would take the current controversy close to David Cameron's door very early on in proceedings
1213: Many colleagues - and his wife - urged Sir Paul not to resign, he tells the home affairs committee.
1212: Keith Vaz asks whether London Mayor Boris Johnson and Home Secretary Theresa May gave him enough backing. Sir Paul says he had their full support.
1210: Sir Paul adds that his decision to quit was "very sad" but continuing speculation meant he had to go quickly rather than take his time, particularly ahead of organising the policing for the 2012 Olympics.
1209: Asked why he resigned, Sir Paul says he was "very, very clear" that he did not want media coverage to be about "me, the leader" rather than the work of his staff.
1208: Home affairs committee chairman Keith Vaz thanks Sir Paul for attending during "difficult times".
1207: Sir Paul Stephenson is in place before the committee.


http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-14193124

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 8:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

idiots
idiots

Cressida Dick.....
idiots
idiots
idiots

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/top-stories/2011/07/18/phone-hacking-scandal-cressida-dick-replaces-john-yates-115875-23280282/


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 9:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Who is the hot Asian chick behind James Murdoch and that grim old man in the green tie next to her? Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:28 am    Post subject: Ditch the bitch? Reply with quote

In the currently on-going live testimony, James Murdoch has just confirmed that Rebecca knew of the situation while stating that all of the other people that Mr. Farelly asked about "I could not state what the knowledge of another person was, in the past."
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Go Ahead and Ask!
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Rupert Murdoch Attacked During Live Testimony

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Someone just threw paint or some white substance on Rupert Murdoch
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Shocked
What happened then?
Did he hit Rupert?
What is the white shit over the dude in handcuffs face?
James shit but the women were up straight away!
Was it a surprise or a deliberate set up?


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A young man in a check shirt is being held, in handcuffs,
by police outside the room. Some suggestion that he tried
to squirt Murdoch Snr. with foam;

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 19, 2011 11:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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"BBC political editor Nick Robinson says
Rupert Murdoch was apparently hit in the face with a plate of shaving foam
by a man shouting: "Greedy.""

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1701: James Murdoch looked shocked that security staff had failed to protect his father properly, Nick Robinson says.
1701: Nick Robinson says Rupert Murdoch's wife was "up like a shot" to defend her husband.

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