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Former First Minister of Scotland Jack McConnell 'was target for hacking'

By Martin Hickman

The former First Minister of Scotland, Jack McConnell, has become the latest high-profile political target of phone hacking by Rupert Murdoch's News International organisation.

The leader of the Scottish Executive between 2001 and 2007 said telephone numbers belonging to him and his two children were found in the notes of the News of the World's jailed private detective Glenn Mulcaire.

Baron McConnell of Glenscorrodale said: “I would prefer not to comment on details, but I can confirm that we are speaking to solicitors.”

He is expected to join scores of individuals who have taken legal action against News International for breach of privacy, including several Labour politicians such as John Prescott and Tessa Jowell.

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