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Cameron praises 'professional' Coulson

The prime minister's communications chief Andy Coulson has resigned, blaming coverage of the News of the World phone hacking scandal.

In a statement David Cameron praised him as a "brilliant member of my team".

The prime minister said: "I am very sorry that Andy Coulson has decided to resign as my director of communications, although I understand that the continuing pressures on him and his family mean that he feels compelled to do so".

He praised his work and said he wished him the best for the future.

  • 21 Jan 2011