UPDATE: Highlights of Watson’s statement:

  • Watson highlighted close links between News International and Southern Investigations, the firm for which Daniel Morgan and his suspected murderers worked
  • Particularly, Watson highlighted the extremely close relationship between Southern Investigations’ Jonathan Rees and News Of The World’s Alex Marunchak
  • Watson requested information from government minister Nick Herbert on a 2002 Met intelligence report which alleges that the News of the World paid relatives of Met officers for information on the Soham murders
  • He also claimed that Met files, if revealed, would show a greater collusion between Jonathan Rees and News International

Tom Watson will in a few moments use parliamentary privilege to publicly expose details of a notorious murder inquiry allegedly blocked by News International. An adjournment debate on the unsolved axe murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan is scheduled for 4pm.

The new revelations will come after former Met officer Jacqui Hames claimed that senior Murdoch staff had “close links” with the private investigation firm whose members were accused of the murder.

Fighting back tears at the inquiry, Hames claimed:

“I believe that the real reason for the News of the World placing us under surveillance was that suspects in the Daniel Morgan murder inquiry were using their association with [News International] to try to … subvert the investigation.”

Rebekah Brooks claimed that the paper was investigating an alleged affair between Hames and Detective Chief Superintendent Dave Cook — but they had already been married for four years. Hames dismissed the explanation as “absolutely pathetic”.

Has James Murdoch jumped ship just in time?

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