Scotland Yard Chief Says He Quit To Stop Questions About Murdoch Ties

Sir Paul Stephenson, who resigned as head of London’s Metropolitan Police (Scotland Yard), said today he regretted hiring Neil Wallis, a former News of the World deputy editor, as a consultant, Financial Times reports. Wallis got a contract with the police as a PR consultant that ran from 2009 to 2010 – just when police were resisting pressure to reopen its inquiry into News of the World.

Testifying before a parliamentary committee looking into the phone hacking scandal involving Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers, Stephenson said he had “no reason to connect Mr. Wallis with phone hacking or to doubt his propriety.”Sir Paul said he had decided to resign to stop endless questions over his relationship with the Murdoch press.

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