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As phone hacking scandal deepens, Cameron flies home to face the biggest crisis of his premiership

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UK Daily Mail
July 19, 2011

David Cameron will tonight fly into the greatest crisis of his premiership as the phone hacking affair forces him to cut short a trip to Africa.

The Prime Minister insisted there was no comparison between his hiring of ex-News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his media chief and Met Police boss Sir Paul Stephenson’s employment of his deputy, Neil Wallis.

But Sir Paul’s resignation on Sunday night – with a bitter parting shot at the Prime Minister over Mr Coulson – sent shockwaves through the Government.

London Mayor Boris Johnson – seen as a potential rival for the Prime Minister’s job – infuriated Downing Street by refusing to say whether or not Mr Cameron should consider resigning too.

And in a sign of jitters on Mr Cameron’s own benches, Conservative MP John Baron said hiring Mr Coulson might have been ‘an own goal’.

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg had to take to the airwaves to insist: ‘I don’t think that this is about the Prime Minister’s position, absolutely not. Let’s keep this in perspective.’

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