Andy Coulson, former News of the World Editor, Director of Communications, close strategic aide to UK Coalition Prime Minister David Cameron in a short personal statement issued from Number 10 Downing Street, London W1 has resigned his post, having first cleared his desk as we suggested earlier and left by an Addison Lee blacked out people mover from the back door...
"I can today confirm that I've resigned as Downing Street
director of communications. It's been a privilege and an honour to work for
David Cameron for three-and-a-half years. I'm extremely proud of the part I've
played in helping him reach No 10 and during the coalition's first nine
"Nothing is more important than the Government's task of getting this
country back on its feet.Unfortunately, continued coverage of events connected
to my old job at the News of the World has made it difficult for me to give the
110% needed in this role.
"I stand by what I've said about those events but when
the spokesman needs a spokesman, it's time to move on.
"I'll leave within the next few weeks [apparently not so, gone in 60 minutes...] and will do so wishing the Prime Minister, his family, and his brilliant and dedicated team the very best for what I'm sure will be a long and successful future in Government."
Coulson has all along denied it, but has been repeatedly linked with illegal phone hacking activities which resulted in journalists being jailed and a raft of Civil actions are before the Courts.
Coulson resigned from the NoW although maintaining that he didn't know about the illegal phone hacking activities... he has however recently been re-interviewed by Police ....
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