Steve Rotheram Not Surprised by News of The World Antics

(July 07, 2011)

Labour MP Steve Rotheram has today spoken out after it was revealed that the News of The World illegally hacked into the phone of murdered teenager  Milly Dowler and into the phones of  some of the families of the victims of 7/7.

“I, like the whole country, am utterly disgusted at News International. Today’s revelations about phone-hacking highlight just how low the moral compass of that paper points. The families of those who tragically lost their lives on London tube trains on July 7th 2005, did not deserve, in their hour of greatest grief, to have their privacy so heinously trod upon.”

“I am struggling to understand two things. Firstly why would any decent person follow an instruction to hack the phone of a missing school girl? There seems to be a total lack of judgment over what is right and what is wrong.”

“Secondly, David Cameron stood by Andy Coulson when the world knew that this was the wrong thing to do. Now he seems to want to stand by Rebekah Brooks. It speaks volumes about the judgment of the Prime Minister that he surrounds himself with people capable of such unethical practice.”

“The Prime Minister has a duty to protect the privacy of those he is charged with governing. He needs to show leadership and quickly. Ed Miliband spoke for the country when he urged the Prime Minister to hold a full public enquiry as soon as possible, apologise for his lack of judgment in appointing and then sticking by, Andy Coulson and he should urge his close friend,  Ms Brooks to resign from her position at News International.”

The former Lord Mayor of Liverpool vented his anger during the phone-hacking debate in Parliament by explaining to the House, “22 years ago my City was warning anyone that would listen - that scurrilous rags - like The Sun - were out of control when they printed blatant lies about the Hillsborough Disaster. News International lied to the Country in 1989 – and it appears that they are still lying today.”  He added that he hoped that the current Government “should ensure it doesn’t take 22 years to put right this latest terrible wrong?

Following the debate Steve commented, “We in Liverpool boycotted the Sun in memory of the 96 that lost their lives at Hillsborough, I’m now calling on people across our great City to boycott the News of the World in memory of Milly Dowler, the families of the 7/7 victims and the countless other innocent people who have had their privacy invaded by this despicable paper.”


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