London Lite Thursday, 9 July 2009 claims made in The Guardian, which alleged that Rupert Murdochs News Group Newspapers -- owners of the News of the World, The Sun and thelon- donpaper -- paid for the illegal phone- tapping to be carried out. It is claimed that the Murdoch group has secretly paid more than 1m to settle legal cases that threatened to reveal evidence of journalists involvement. Tory leader David C a m e r o n h a s b e e n dragged into the scandal after refusing to sack his chief media adviser Andy Coulson, who was the editor of the Sunday tabloid when the phone- tapping was allegedly going on. One out-of-court settle- ment of 700,000 is said to have been made to the Professional Footballers Associations head, Gordon Taylor -- who apparently had his phone hacked into by News of the World-paid investiga- tors -- on condition that details of the case were not made public. Others alleged targets include comic Lenny Henry, former deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Olympics minister Tessa Jowell. S o m e we r e n eve r informed by Scotland Yard that evidence had allegedly been found that they were hacking victims. A Commons inquiry into the bugging was proposed by a senior Tory and there were calls for Home Secretary Alan Johnson to order a probe into the police handling of the affair. Former home secretary Charles Clarke said that the allegations were outrageous and demanded that Mr Coulson be sacked. But Mr Cameron stood by his aide, saying he deserved a second chance. He called on the Home Secretary to order an investigation by the Chief Inspector of Constabulary into the Mets handling of the case, asking why alleged victims were apparently kept in the dark. M r P r e s c o t t a l s o demanded an explanation from the Met about why he had never been told that his mobile messages h ad a l le g e d ly b e e n hacked into. He said of Mr Coulsons role: I hope Mr Cameron will clear him out. Mr Coulson resigned from the News of the World after royal editor Clive Goodman was sen- tenced to four months in prison in January 2007 after hacking into tele- phone messages belong- ing to royal aides. The Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said today t h a t t h e A s s i s t a n t Commissioner John Yates is to investigate the claims. Mr Yates is expected to issue a state- ment this afternoon. But senior officers who were carrying out an urgent review of the allegations are expected to conclude they do not merit a new inquiry. Sir Paul told Sky News earlier he had asked them to establish the facts of this case. In the Commons, Home Office Minister David Hanson called the claims serious allegations and suggested a full-scale inquiry could be on the cards. A Tory MP was under huge pressure to quit today amid allegations he claimed 13,000 in expenses for an au pair. Shadow solicitor general Jonathan Djanogly denied the Polish student provided child care and said she only worked as a cleaner. But the Daily Telegraph said she had advertised for a job on the website newaupair. com, describing herself as a nanny hoping to work in London. Under Parliamentary rules, cleaning costs can be reimbursed but bills for child care cannot. The paper said Mr Djanogly claimed an average of 400 a month for a cleaner at his constituency home, despite his family spending on average three days a week or less at the property. The MP, who took over Sir John Majors Huntingdon seat in 2001, has agreed to repay 25,000 in expenses and said he will not claim the second home allowance until the system has been reformed. He was set to face his constituents tonight in what was expected to be a stormy meeting. Mr Djanogly today said: I reconfirm my position that my claims were made within the law and the rules of the second home allowance scheme. 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