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News International has settled 19 phone hacking cases, costing the company in the region of £10m.
Despite the settlements, the company has refused to confirm or deny allegations against them by some 58 claimants. Amongst those who have been given money are Chris Bryant, who received £30,000 John Prescott, who agreed to a settlement of £40,000 plus costs.
In the company's High Court apology they also admitted to hacking emails, opening a new chapter in the scandal.
Chris Bryant defended 'no win, no fee' legal services, telling the BBC that they were helpful to people looking to sue large corporations or media groups. He admitted it would be "perfectly legitimate" to deal with issues surrounding no win, no fee cases but that they should not be scrapped altogether.
Chris Bryant has reiterated his claim that Assistant Commissioner John Yates deliberately misled the Home Affairs Select Committee in previous evidence about the Metropolitan Police's phone hacking investigation. He said: "Mr Yates also told this committee on 7 September 2010 that there was no evidence that Members of Parliament had their phones tapped. And yet at least eight MPs that I am aware of have now been shown evidence that has been in police possession since 2006 that shows precisely that."
The UK Border Agency has been accused of losing track of a "population of asylum seekers and migrants".
The Home Affairs Select Committee said that 124,000 cases had been "dumped", with the Agency giving up on them.
Chris Bryant, the Shadow Immigration Minister, said that the numbers betrayed a "shocking failure at the heart of this Tory-led Government". Keith Vaz, Chairman of the Home Affairs Select Committee, said cases weren't being dealt with "quickly and efficiently and expeditiously", but admitted the agency's problems had begun under Labour.
Labour MP Chris Bryant has accused News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks of lying to Parliament about whether the News of the World had paid police officers for information. The MP used parliamentary privilege to level the allegation, but the Speaker urged Mr Bryant to write to him rather than raise the matter publicly.
Labour MP Chris Bryant told parliament yesterday that the Metropolitan Police are "dangerously close" to the News of the World and that at least eight MPs may have had their phones hacked. He also accused assistant commissioner John Yates of misleading a parliamentary inquiry into the matter by saying there were only "eight to 12 victims" of hacking.
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