Was former MP hacked?

Shahid Malik
Shahid Malik

FORMER Dewsbury, Mirfield and Heckmondwike MP Shahid Malik has been contacted by police investigating phone hacking.

Mr Malik, who was MP from 2005 to 2010, said he spoke to London’s Metropolitan Police about phone hacking while he was still serving in Parliament.

He said: “Every MP was told, either by colleagues or people in their party, that there was a likelihood that we had been hacked, and I think most MPs either have or are in the process of contacting the police.”

The Metropolitan Police is investigating allegations of phone hacking by journalists working at the News Of The World, which closed earlier this month as a result of the scandal. There are alleged to be as many as 4,000 victims of phone hacking.

There have been claims that murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler and relatives of the victims of the July 7 bombings may have been hacked.

Mr Malik said: “I contacted the police, then they contacted me. They asked me for some previous phone numbers that I might have had.”

Mr Malik said he was “not in a rush” to find out the outcome of the police’s investigation concerning him.

He said: “In the grand scheme of things, I’m not important.

“But it’s important that Milly Dowler’s phone is said to have been hacked.

“From a Dewsbury perspective, we felt 7/7 keenly, for obvious reasons, and it’s important that we find out whether the families of those victims may have been hacked.”

Mr Malik said he hoped that the public outrage around the phone hacking allegations would prevent similar scandals in the future.

He said: “The good thing in all of this is that hopefully we will get a system in this country where the relationship between the police and the media is much healthier.”