Hackers illegally tapped a mobile phone belonging to former Culture Secretary Tessa Jowell at least 28 times while she was a serving cabinet minister, the Independent reports today.
The paper says the scale of the hacking of a serving Cabinet minister’s telephone was uncovered by detectives who had been looking into the tapping of Prince Harry’s mobile phone.
It adds: "The offence was traced to a private detective hired by a reporter from the News of the World, which was edited then by Andy Coulson, who now works in Downing Street as David Cameron’s chief spin doctor.
"Further revelations yesterday placed pressure on Mr Coulson – and raised questions about Mr Cameron’s judgement in appointing him as Downing Street’s £140,000-a-year Director of Communications."
The Independent describes the phone hacking allegations as "the scandal that refuses to go away".