Andy Coulson gives 'incredibly sincere and self-effacing' performance

David Cameron's PR man Andy Coulson may have given a career-saving performance in an enquiry over phone-tapping allegations, according to leading PROs.

Andy Coulson: faces Commons select committee
Andy Coulson: faces Commons select committee

Former News of the World editor Coulson was called before the House of Commons culture, media and sport select committee yesterday to face a highly-pressured inquiry into the phone-hacking affair which threatens to end his career.

But Borkowski founder Mark Borkowski thought Coulson made a strong case for himself.

'I thought he came across as incredibly sincere and self-effacing. It's clear he opened himself up,' said Borkowski.'He admitted to his mistakes and was very open. People writing him off and saying he should chuck in the towel might have to think again.'

Diffusion MD Daljit Bhurji added: 'I think Coulson handled the select committee like a pro, answering questions directly and avoiding looking shifty. The Guardian's frantic and slightly desperate efforts to make the allegations stick are failing to gain traction and unless new evidence is forthcoming I would say Coulson is now out of danger.'

When asked whether there was a culture of slackness in his editorship style, Coulson told the committee that 'mistakes were made', adding 'I have to accept that the system could have been better.'

However, Coulson maintained that he was not aware of any impropriety: 'I never condoned the use of phone hacking, nor do I have any recollection of incidences where phone hacking took place.'

Coulson faltered when asked about a News of the World story which reported a phone conversation between princes William and Harry.

Coulson could only respond that he could not remember the story, even after a copy of the article was handed to him.

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