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  • Rupert Murdoch backs Rebekah Brooks to continue as chief executive
  • Brooks 'personally commissioned private detective'
  • MP accuses Murdoch's son James of 'perverting the course of justice'
  • Cameron called to remove himself from inquiry decisions over his ties with Andy Coulson
  • Police inquiry into 'payments made by NotW to officers and authorised when Coulson was editor'
  • News Corp shares down nearly 3% and accusations could hit BSkyB bid
  • Butlins, Aldi, Virgin, Halifax and Ford pull advertising
  • Paper accused of targeting schoolgirl murder victim Danielle Jones
  • Sara Payne her voicemail was illegally accessed
  • Three supporters of the Madeleine McCann campaign may have been hacked
  • NotW: 'We will be forced to atone for the wrongs of the predecessors'
  • George Osborne told his name found in NotW notes

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Media mogul Rupert Murdoch today issued a statement backing Rebekah Brooks to continue as chief executive of News International, the paper's publisher

Media mogul Rupert Murdoch today issued a statement backing Rebekah Brooks to continue as chief executive of News International, the paper's publisher

News International claims to be 'very close' to identifying which executive at the News of the World authorised the hacking of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler’s phone as David Cameron announced an inquiry into the scandal.

A spokeswoman said they had uncovered evidence about who allegedly asked private investigator Glenn Mulcaire to access the girl’s voicemail messages after she went missing in 2002. However she refused to give further details.

The revelation came as Rupert Murdoch today condemned allegations that staff at the News of the World hacked phones and paid police officers as 'deplorable and unacceptable'.

But the media mogul backed Rebekah Brooks to continue as chief executive of News International, the paper's publisher.

Mr Murdoch, who is chairman and chief executive of News International's parent company, News Corporation, said: 'Recent allegations of phone hacking and making payments to police with respect to the News of the World are deplorable and unacceptable.

'I have made clear that our company must fully and proactively cooperate with the police in all investigations and that is exactly what News International has been doing and will continue to do under Rebekah Brooks' leadership.

'We are committed to addressing these issues fully and have taken a number of important steps to prevent them from happening again.'

In a new embarrassing development tonight, Scotland Yard told George Osborne that his name and home phone number appeared on notes kept by private investigator Glenn Mulcaire and former News of the World reporter Clive Goodman, a spokesman for the Chancellor said.

There was no suggestion his phone had been hacked, he added.

The Prime Minister's declaration of an inquiry into the scandal in the House of Commons raised eyebrows and pulled the rug from under Labour leader Ed Miliband, as he prepared to attack Cameron over his friendship with News International boss Rebekah Brooks and the fact he had hired ex-NotW editor Andy Coulson.

Following Cameron's declaration, Ed Miliband launched a scathing attack on Brooks, editor at the paper from 2000-2003, saying she should 'take responsibility and stand down'.

Brooks stands accused today of personally hiring private detective Steve Whittamore to trace the owner of a mobile phone number, in an incident removed from the phone hacking scandal.

He later supplied the paper with the ex-directory home phone number of the Dowler family.

The current NotW editor Colin Myler is reported to have called a meeting today of his heads of department in which he delivered an emotional speech telling his staff they faced 'an extremely painful period'. Sky News said he told them they would be forced to 'atone for the wrongs of the predecessors.'

In the Commons, Yvette Cooper, the Shadow Home Secretary, said there were rumours circulating that the reason Andy Coulson resigned from Downing Street as Mr Cameron's director of communications was because he knew of the existence of these newly-uncovered emails.

Attack: Ed Miliband called for Brooks head during Prime Minister's Questions Surprise: David Cameron said there would be an 'inquiry or inquiries' into the phone hacking scandal today

Attack: Ed Miliband, left, called for Brooks' head during Prime Minister's Questions today, after David Cameron tried to wrong-foot him by announcing there would be an 'inquiry or inquiries' into the phone hacking scandal

She then called for Mr Cameron to remove himself from all decisions regarding the public inquiry because his ties to Mr Coulson compromised his impartiality. She said: 'These emails were passed to police on 20th June, even though the inquiry and NI's co-operation started on 26th of January.

'Was Andy Coulson aware of this and did he tell the Prime Minister or No.10 about these emails?

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