Rennie backs call for Scottish parliament phone hacking enquiry


LEADER of the Scottish Liberal Democrats Willie Rennie has backed calls made by Tom Watson MP for the Scottish Parliament to set up its own inquiry into phone hacking.

Mr Watson made his call after it was revealed that former First Minister Jack McConnell was a victim of phone hacking.

Commenting, Mr Rennie said: “The phone hacking scandal does not stop at the border. It seeps into every part of the UK, including Scotland.


Rupert Murdoch’s News of the World empire began the phone hacking scandal  Photo:worldeconomicforum

“Now that we know that Jack McConnell’s phone was hacked, along with Alex Salmond’s parliamentary aide, we need to know just how far the phone hacking scandal goes.

“The Scottish Parliament should set up its own inquiry to ensure all the facts are out in the open.

“I will be writing to other party leaders in Scotland so we can have cross party consensus as we get to the bottom of the gross invasion of privacy that has blighted so many lives.”