Blair ‘offered to advise Brooks’
Tony Blair offered to act as an “unofficial adviser” to newspaper editor Rebekah Brooks when she sought his guidance at the height of the phone-hacking crisis at the News of the World, prosecutors have told the Old Bailey.
The former prime minister also allegedly advised taking sleeping pills during an hour-long conversation with Brooks in July 2011 – a summary of which the editor sent to boss James Murdoch in an e-mail, the hacking trial was told.
According to Brooks, Mr Blair, who stood down after a decade as prime minister in 2007, advised “no rash short-term solutions as they only give you long-term headaches”.
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