Johnson had "no appetite" for hacking review
Former Home Secretary Alan Johnson had "no appetite" for a police review of Scotland Yard's original phone-hacking investigation according to the Chief Inspector of Constabulary.
Sir Denis O'Connor told the Leveson Inquiry he advised the Home Office an independent review was required after a Guardian story in July 2009 alleged illegal interception of voicemails was far more widespread than previously believed.
"I said - looking at this - that I thought the revelations merited some form of independent review....I thought that the allegations that were there - if true in any degree - would raise substantial public confidence issues, and I would not be surprised if the HMIC were asked to assist in some way to facilitate such an approach...
"My understanding was that, as with a number of other options, discussions ensued with ministers and the Home Secretary at the time and there was no appetite for the HMIC being involved.
"So it never really got off the ground, sadly."