Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Morgan 'Must Explain Heather Mills Hacking'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Morgan 'Must Explain Heather Mills Hacking'

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Byline: Tom Harper Investigations Reporter

PIERS MORGAN was under growing pressure today after the Labour Party said he had "questions to answer" over the phone-hacking scandal.

Deputy leader Harriet Harman said he should explain himself to police and MPs after Heather Mills claimed she was hacked by the Mirror Group when Mr Morgan was a senior executive.

The ex-wife of Beatle Sir Paul McCartney told BBC Newsnight that a senior journalist quoted her voicemail messages to her "verbatim" in 2001.

Today, Ms Harman told the Evening Standard: "Mr Morgan has questions to answer, we need to get to the bottom of this. It's not good enough for him to say 'I always complied with the law and the PCC code of conduct'. He needs to answer these specific allegations.

"We have a judge-led public inquiry, a police investigation and a select committee inquiry. Now is not the time for people to hide, they should be coming forward with information."

A source close to Labour leader Ed Miliband said Ms Harman was speaking for the whole party. He added: "We have always thought this would spread to other newspapers. The police investigation should go where it needs to go." Ms Mills claimed the unidentified journalist called her in 2001 and quoted a message Sir Paul had left on her voicemail when she was in India. According to Mills, he "started quoting verbatim the messages from my machine".

She claims she told him: "You've obviously hacked my phone and if you do anything with this story ... I'll go to the police." Ms Mills said he responded: "OK, OK, yeah, we did hear it on your voice messages, I won't run it."

Nancy Dell'Olio, the former partner of ex-England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson, also told Newsnight that she believes the Mirror hacked the couple's voicemails.

"There were strange coincidences that made me believe it absolutely," Ms Dell'Olio said. …

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