Timeline• 1986 - Andy Coulson starts work at Basildon Evening Echo• 1988 - He joins The Sun• 1994 - He has a brief stint at the Daily Mail before returning to News International• 2003 - He becomes editor of the NoW• Jan 2007 - He resigns on same day as Clive Goodman is convicted• Jul 2007 - He becomes the Conservative Partys director of communications• May 2010 - following the general election he takes up a similar job in Downing Street• Jan 2011 - he resigns• July 2011 - E-mails emerge allegedly showing he authorised payments to police when NoW editor• Sept 2011 - Takes legal action against his former employer after it stopped paying his legal fees in relation to the phone-hacking scandal
Leveson inquiry: Steve Coogan claims Andy Coulson set him up• The Actor tells inquiry that lurid details of his private life were revealed by the News of the World after he was set up in sting by former editor Andy Coulson and Rav Singh, the papers ex showbiz columnist. Coogan said the newspaper agreed not to publish explicit details about his extra-marital affair in April 2004 if he confirmed less salacious details.
• Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson have been branded "the scum of journalism" in a series of allegations from a former News of the World deputy features editor at the UK inquiry into press standards.Paul McMullan accused Coulson of introducing "wholesale" phone hacking when he appointed editor of the News of the World in 2003, and described Brooks as "the criminal-in-chief”.
• Isn’t it possible that Cameron insisted on hiring Coulson because of his role in the scandal? That is, is it possible that, either before or after the election, Coulson shared some of this intelligence–which we know included personal information about Gordon Brown–with the Tories for political advantage?
• Detailed article on the BBC:• http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-11204150