Suffolk: MP calls for former editor Piers Morgan to help police inquiries over hacking scandal

SUFFOLK: MP Therese Coffey has called on former Daily Mirror editor Piers Morgan to return to the UK to help with police inquiries into the hacking scandal.

Speaking on Newsnight last night, Suffolk Coastal MP Dr Coffey, a member of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee which is investigating phone hacking, called on Mr Morgan to return to the UK to help the police with their inquiries in the light of the “very strong” new evidence.

Yesterday Heather Mills said a senior Mirror Group journalist admitted hacking voicemails left for her by her then-boyfriend Sir Paul McCartney.

Dr Coffey said: “I just hope that the police take the evidence and go with it and if Mr Morgan wants to come back to the UK and help them with their inquiries – and I don’t mean being arrested in any way – I’m sure he can add more light.

“I think it would help everybody, including himself and this investigation, if he was able to say more about why he wrote what he did in 2006.”

Culture Select Committee chairman John Whittingdale has said MPs have no plans to call former Mirror editor Piers Morgan or Mirror Group executives after Ms Mills’ phone-hacking claims.

Trinity Mirror responded to the allegation by saying: “Our position is clear. All our journalists work within the criminal law and the PCC [Press Complaints Commission] code of conduct.”