Suffolk Coastal MP prepares to grill Murdochs over phone hacking claims

SUFFOLK Coastal MP Dr Therese Coffey is this morning preparing for the spotlight as a member of the House of Commons committee grilling Rupert and James Murdoch.

And she remains hopeful that Rebekah Brooks will also appear before MPs, despite her weekend arrest as part of the ongoing investigation into phone-hacking and illegal links between News International journalists and police officers.

Dr Coffey said: 'We have been preparing for this and preparing our line of questioning.

'My understanding is a that all three will be appearing before the committee – I expect the meeting to take between two and three hours.

'It is not the quantity of the questioning that is important, it is the quality.'

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Dr Coffey said she expected members of the committee to be 'forensic' in their examination of the key figures from News International.

She said: 'I was elected to represent the people of Suffolk Coastal but I also represent parliament and it is in that capacity that I sit on this committee.'

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The work of the committee had been in the spotlight as a result of the phone hacking inquiry but there were also other issues that it had been considering.

Dr Coffey said: 'We have also been working on a very important report on football governance which will have a major impact on people – it will not make the front pages but it could have an impact on the back.'

But she accepted that the phone hacking issue might have been at the top of people's minds back in her constituency.

She said: 'No one talked to me about this when I was there over the weekend but it is certainly a very important issue and we are preparing for a forensic investigation of the facts.'

See tomorrow's EDp for a full report on the committee hearing.

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