The BBC is reporting that former Screws deputy editor Neil Wallis was advising Andy Coulson just before the election. It’s interesting timing for the Tories to admit that Wallis was advising the soon to be Prime Minister’s adviser during the Panorama investigation into phone-hacking. No wonder Cameron is flying home…
UPDATE: CCHQ Statement:
“There have been some questions about whether the Conservative Party employed Neil Wallis. We have double checked our records and are able to confirm that neither Neil Wallis nor his company has ever been contracted by the Conservative Party, nor has the Conservative Party made payments to either of them.
It has been drawn to our attention that he may have provided Andy Coulson with some informal advice on a voluntary basis before the election. We are currently finding out the exact nature of any advice.
We can confirm that apart from Andy Coulson, neither David Cameron nor any senior member of the campaign team were aware of this until this week.”
Not sure that will quite be enough to put off some very awkward questions from Ed Miliband tomorrow.