British PM’s media boss quits over phone hacking row

21 Jan 2011

British Prime Minister David Cameron’s director of communications Andy Coulson resigned from his job today amid rows over mobile phone hacks when he was editor-in-chief of the News of the World newspaper.

Coulson had been under intense pressure to step down over the allegations but said in a statement issued by No 10 Downing Street he resigned because “continued coverage of events connected to my old job at the News of the World has made it difficult for me to give the 110pc needed in this role.”

”When the spokesman needs a spokesman, it’s time to move on.”

Cameron, who had admitted Coulson was “extremely embarrassed” about accusations that he knew voice mails on mobile phones belonging to high-profile figures were being accessed, said he was ”very sorry” Coulson had felt ”compelled” to resign.

Coulson also said in his statement that he was ”proud” of his work with Cameron and the coalition, adding that “nothing is more important than the government’s task of getting this country back on its feet.”

Coulson said he will leave his job within the next few weeks.

Tina Costanza