The BBC reports here that "Andy Coulson, the former editor of the News of the World who has been arrested on suspicion of involvement in phone hacking and bribing the police, received several hundred thousand pounds from News International after starting work as the Conservative Party's Director of Communications in July 2007."
If these allegations are substantiated, then it will give this story yet more legs and raise further questions about the Prime Minister's judgement. The government will be hoping for encouraging news on employment figures and Libya before Parliament returns from its summer recess. This is the politically damaging story that refuses to go away . . . .