Evidence by former News Of The World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson may rock politicians
Former News Of The World editors Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson are expected to make embarrassing revelations about British politicians' attempts to woo Rupert Murdoch's newspapers when they appear before the Leveson Inquiry this week.
The former News International executives' potentially explosive evidence could overshadow David Cameron's efforts to relaunch the Coalition after bruising local election results for the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats.
Mrs Brooks is likely to disclose further details about her close relationship with the Prime Minister, while Mr Coulson will speak about how he came to be appointed the Tories' top spin doctor.
Eight Cabinet ministers — including Mr Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt — were last week given the right to see Leveson Inquiry documents and witness statements in advance. Lord Justice Leveson agreed to make them “core participants” — people who have a significant interest in the hearings.
Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg are expected to relaunch the coalition's agenda at a joint Downing Street press conference on Tuesday, ahead of the Queen's Speech on Wednesday.
But Mr Coulson's appearance before the inquiry will revive awkward questions about the PM’s decision to make the former News Of The World editor his communications director.