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Jowell - I would have helped probe

Former minister Tessa Jowell has hit back at Scotland Yard suggestions that she refused to help the original investigation into phone hacking.

Keith Surtees, an investigating officer with the Metropolitan Police hacking inquiry in 2006, named Mrs Jowell as one of the original hacking victims at the Leveson Inquiry earlier this week adding "all of the potential victims declined to assist us with the prosecution".

Labour's Olympic spokeswoman said she found out in August 2006 her mobile phone had been hacked but police had told her there was "nothing else you need to do".

Mrs Jowell told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: "If I had been asked to assist the police by providing a statement or anything else of course I would have done so.

"Even if I had been minded not to I could have been compelled to do so.

"It would be completely wrong to suggest somehow I was unwilling to co-operate."

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