News Summary: Ex-Cameron aide detained

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Posted: May 30, 2012 3:45 PM
News Summary: Ex-Cameron aide detained

PERJURY: The former top media adviser to Prime Minister David Cameron, Andy Coulson, was detained Wednesday on suspicion of perjury in the trial of a flamboyant ex-Scottish lawmaker in 2010.

CONTEXT: Coulson was editor of the News of the World tabloid when stories about former politician Tommy Sheridan were published, and working as Cameron's communications director when he gave evidence to the 2010 trial. He left his post at the newspaper in 2007 after a reporter and a private investigator were jailed over phone hacking offenses.

SECOND CHANCE: Cameron has insisted he had been right to offer Coulson a "second chance."Coulson resigned as his media chief last year.