Ivan Lewis MP, Labour's Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, has written to Gus O'Donnell requesting transparency about the process through which Andy Coulson was appointed at No 10.
The full text of the letter is below:
Sir Gus O’Donnell
11 July 2011
The decision to bring Andy Coulson into government and employ him as a special adviser was the Prime Minister’s and one which many people have questioned.
However, the process through which Mr Coulson was appointed to No 10 is handled by civil servants and, in order to have confidence in that process in the future, needs to be transparent.
With that in mind, I would request that you, as Head of the Civil Service, make public the answers to the following questions.
For too long, there has been insufficient transparency on these issues and, given the public interest, I am releasing this correspondence to the press.
Ivan Lewis MP
Shadow Culture, Media and Sport Secretary