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Andy Coulson faces fresh MPs' quiz over pay

By Andy McSmith

Andy Coulson faces the prospect of another public grilling by MPs in the next two months if the police do not charge him with illegal phone hacking.

Members of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee are furious about the replies they received when they asked whether Mr Coulson still had a financial link with Rupert Murdoch's newspaper empire after he began working for David Cameron.

One member of the committee, the Labour MP Paul Farrelly, accused him yesterday of acting "like a spiv". The committee's Conservative chairman, John Whittingdale, said Mr Coulson should have been more "clear" in his answers.

When Mr Coulson was giving evidence at a public session of the committee, he claimed he had no "secondary income" when he took up his post as director of communications for the Tories in 2007.

It has since emerged that he received hundreds of thousands of pounds in severance from his job as editor of the News of the World.

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