Sir Paul Stephenson, who resigned as Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police yesterday may have left his high profile position but he has not gone quietly. The Commissioner, who will stay in his role until a replacement is found, attacked David Cameron on his links with Rupert Murdoch and his media empire. Sir Paul Stephenson insists that he has done nothing wrong but he is the latest high profile figure to be brought down by the phone hacking scandal. The news of Sir Paul Stephenson's resignation came hours after former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks was arrested.
Britain's top police chief's resignation came after he was put under pressure for hiring a former News of the World executive as a 'spin doctor' and accepting a freebie stay worth £12,000 at a luxury spa. Sir Paul insisted that it was all above board but said that the "cynical and disappointing" reporting about it had created a distraction that the Met didn't need in the run-up to next year's Olympics.
David Cameron had reportedly carpeted Sir Paul for not revealing it sooner but Sir Paul Stephenson responded by attacking Mr Cameron's close relationship with Mr Murdoch's and his disastrous decision to hire Andy Coulson. Mr Stephenson said: "Unlike Mr Coulson, Mr Wallis had not resigned from News of the World or, to the best of my knowledge, been in any way associated with the original phone hacking investigation." He also said that the PM's "close relationship" with Coulson meant that it would have been wrong to tell him about the link to the former editor's deputy.
Sir Paul's remarks could do fresh damage to Cameron, who has been somewhat tarnished by his friendship and dealings with Andy Coulson, Rebekah Brooks and other News International executives. Yvette Cooper has being doing the television rounds pointing out these details and the Prime Minster now finds himself under increasing pressure as the scandal engulfs another high profile figure. Another green bottle has fallen, there is a belief that more are to follow.