Belfast Telegraph

Friday 29 August 2014

Tessa Jowell’s phone hacked ‘extensively’

The former cabinet minister Tessa Jowell has been told by police that her mobile phone was hacked “wholesale” by the News of the World and is preparing to settle her damages claim against the defunct title out of court.



Ms Jowell said she was informed by officers from Scotland Yard's Operation Weeting, the investigation into voicemail interception, that her phone was targeted “very extensively” during the time that her estranged husband, David Mills, was mired in controversy over an alleged £350,000 bribe from the former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi.

The senior Labour politician said she had received an apology from Rupert Murdoch's News International and expected her High Court civil lawsuit against the company to be settled out of court by the end of this month. Ms Jowell also said she will give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in the |new year.

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