Arrested minister’s call to Andy Coulson

TORY MP Damian Green used his one phone call when he was arrested over Home Office leaks to ring Andy Coulson, the Leveson Inquiry has been told.

The then shadow immigration minister chose to contact the former News of the World editor when held at a London police station on 27 November, 2008.

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Mr Coulson was then the Conservative Party’s director of communications.

Ex-Scotland Yard assistant commissioner Bob Quick said in a written statement to the inquiry: “Green nominated Andy Coulson and was allowed to make one call to Mr Coulson.”

Mr Quick told the inquiry on Wednesday that former Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson and ex-assistant commissioner John Yates both tried to persuade him to drop the controversial Damian Green investigation.