MP's 2003 phone-hacking claim widens scope of News of the World scandal


The News of the World could be hit by a slew of new phone-hacking claims after senior labour MP Chris Bryant filed a complaint at the High Court alleging his phone was hacked as early as 2003.

In an apology issued by the paper on Sunday, the News of the World limited any potential liability to a two-year period between 2004-06. A report in The Independent today claims that the “chronology of the phone hacking scandal is widening”.

Bryant’s claim that his voicemails were intercepted in 2003 came after he was shown new evidence by officers from Operation Weeting, the latest Scotland Yard investigation into the phone-hacking allegations. The Independent also reports that Operation Weeting is now looking at documents dating back as far as 2003, unlike the original investigation which was limited to 2004-2006.

A lawyer acting for one the claimants against the News of The World claimed there could be as many as 7,000 phone hacking victims earlier this week.

See Press Gazette’s phone-hacking timeline for all our coverage of phone-hacking and the News of the World at a glance.

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