UK’s Cameron curtails Africa trip again as crisis swirls


Prime Minister David Cameron has further curtailed a trade trip to Africa and will return to Britain late on Tuesday to address a phone hacking crisis that has raised questions over his judgment, said his spokesman.

Cameron, who had already cut the visit in half to just over two days, has shaved a further seven hours off the time he will be away, flying home from Nigeria on Tuesday after visiting South Africa on Monday, Reuters reports.
“We were able to rearrange our visit so we could do most of the things that we wanted to do,” the spokesman said.
“He will go back and prepare his statement and give it to parliament the following morning.”

Parliament will meet on Wednesday in an emergency session, delaying its summer recess, to discuss the latest developments in the phone hacking crisis that centres on Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp.

Cameron will be out of the country on Tuesday when Murdoch appears before a parliamentary committee to face questions on the issue.

The prime minister has been criticised for appointing Andy Coulson, a former editor of the scandal-hit News of the World, as his communications chief.