July 14, 2011
MP quizzes PM in Commons hacking debate
MP this week joined
the debate in the House of Commons regarding phone hacking by
Tessa Munt attended both the Statement by the Prime Minister
and the debate called by Labour on phone hacking.
After announcing his intention to hold an independent Public
Inquiry into police corruption and illegal practices in the British
press, David Cameron took questions from MPs and Tessa posed a
question regarding police officers who are part of the inquiry.
She raised a point about those officers who leave the service
under stress, or who subsequently retire, asking whether the PM
could guarantee that the taxpayer would not be asked to fund police
pensions for those who might be found guilty.
Mr Cameron accepted that this was a sensible point, but said
he wasnt sure of the rules and procedures involved but would
look into it. He agreed that people should not be rewarded after
Tessa told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "I was keen to get this specific
point across. It would be a scandalous situation for any police
officer found guilty to be rewarded with a service pension paid
for by the taxpayer."
"In many ways, that would be the final insult for people
who have been at the receiving end of injustice. I have had a
huge response to the matters discussed in Parliament today - people
are upset and rightly so."
Shortly after the statement by the Prime Minister, Rupert Murdoch
dropped his bid to buy the remainder of BSkyB. Ofcom also announced
its intention to investigate whether Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation
were fit and proper to hold the 39% they already hold
Tessa said she is pleased with the cross-party agreement about
dealing with the issues and the Prime Ministers rapid call
for an Inquiry, and most importantly, the public making Parliament
flex its muscle against News International's behaviour.