Phone Hacking: 50 famous faces line up claims against the Daily Mirror and Sunday People
You despise Rupert Murdoch. You cheered when the News of the World was removed from the newsagents’ shelves.
Did you cheer when the Metropolitan Police hacked into the phone records of the Sun (it wanted to discover the source of the ‘Plebgate’ story ) and the Mail on Sunday? The Met wanted to discover the source of the MoS story that Lib Dem cabinet minister Chris Huhne got his then wife Vicky Pryce to take the blame for his speeding offences.
It’s fine and legal when the police use awful Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to hack newspapers. But it is just awful when tabloid journalists hack phones to find a story they deem to be in the public interest. This is ‘irresponsible’ journalism. The politicians and right-minded gentleman of the Press and the illiberal Hacked Off pressure group prefer ‘responsible’ journalism. The powers that be will tell you what is and what is not ok and mortally correct.
When David Cameron said “while it’s vital that a free press can tell truth to power, it is equally important that those in power can tell truth to the press” did you think the world had been stood on its head?
So. How do you react to news that Trinity Mirror is facing a fresh wave of phone-hacking compensation claims?
This March the High Court will review the evidence that during the period of 2000 to 2006 the Daily Mirror, Sunday Mirror and Sunday People hacked phones.
He said MGN had admitted that none of 71 articles, featuring 45 bylines, in the eight test cases could have been published without voicemail interception.
Claimants are many:
1. Alan Yentob (BBC executive)
2. Sadie Frost (actress)
3. Paul Gascoigne (former footballer)
4. Lucy Taggart (soap opera actress)
5. Shane Richie (soap opera actor)
6. Shobna Gulati (soap opera actress)
7. Lauren Alcorn (flight attendant)
8. Robert Ashworth (TV producer)
Mirror Group Newspapers are believed to have settled the another 15 claims from the first wave.
9. Nicola Horlick, settled for £25,000
10. Emma Noble, settled for £40,000
11. Bobby Holland Hanton, settled for £75,000
12. Cilla Black, settled
13. Robert Willis, settled
14. Peter Andre, settled
15. Jessie Wallace, settled
16. Darren Day, settled
17. Sven-Goran Eriksson, settled for £30,000
18. Christopher Eccleston, settled for £30,000
19. Abbie Gibson, settled for £15,000
20. Christie Roche, settled for £15,000
21. Phil Dale, settled for £15,000
22. Garry Flitcroft, settled for £20,000
23. Ben Jackson, settled
There are also a number of other claims that are still live from the first wave.
The names of the claimants are:
24. Davina McCall
25. Sheryl Gascoigne
26. John Thomson
27. Edmund Jordan
28. Holly Davidson
Press Gazette understands that a further 16 further individuals have filed legal actions against Trinity Mirror over allegations of phone-hacking.
Their names are:
29. Phil Tufnell
30. Dawn Tufnell
31. Neil Morrissey
32. Emma Killick
33. Natasha Kaplinsky
34. Polly Ravenscroft
35. Caroline Aherne
36. Patrick Aherne
37. Christopher Parker
38. Simon Clegg
39. Danny Young
40. Sarah Manners
41. Samia Ghadie
42. Kate Ford
43. Alan Halsall
44. Lucy-Jo Hudson
The following other individuals have filed legal claims against Mirror Group Newspapers in the High Court over the last two months, though it has not yet been confirmed that they relate to phone-hacking.
45. Lisa Murrish
46. Ian Cotton
47. Allan Forrest
48. Sir Clive Woodward
49. James Mullord
50. Ben Freeman