PM claims Number 10 comms more 'decent' under Andy Coulson

David Cameron has claimed that the Downing Street comms operation is more 'transparent and decent' than has previously been the case.

Number 10 comms more 'decent' under Coulson: David Cameron
Number 10 comms more 'decent' under Coulson: David Cameron
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, the Prime Minister was challenged about the position of his comms director Andy Coulson - and appeared to compare Coulson to the disgraced former Downing Street press chief Damian McBride.
 
Cameron said: ‘When you go back and look at who has done comms jobs in Downing Street and how they have been done, I have to say I haven’t received a single complaint about the way my press office and press communications have been done.
 
‘I think they work in a very proper, transparent and decent way. That hasn’t always been the case in the past.’
 
Insiders said Cameron’s comments were a clear reference to the activities of McBride, who was forced to resign as Gordon Brown’s top media adviser in April 2009 after he was caught sending e-mails which discussed smearing senior Tories.
 
One Tory source said: ‘Compared to McBride, Coulson is a saint.’
 
It was reported this weekend that Coulson offered to resign for the damage to the government caused by his involvement in a newspaper phone-hacking row dating back to his time as editor of News of the World.
 
Cameron refused to discuss the report, but said: ‘Of course he was embarrassed, but he has had a second chance from me to do this job. I think he has done the job in a very good way.’

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