NI executive reveals just how cosy relations were with Met – Crime – UK – The Independent
After leaving the paper where he was deputy editor in 2009, Mr Wallis’s company, Chamy Media, was awarded an annual £24,000 part-time contract to give strategic advice to Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Public Affairs.
Scotland Yard admitted his employment – which was during a time it was rejecting calls to open a new inquiry into illicit newsgathering techniques at News International – on the day he was arrested in July last year on suspicion of phone hacking.
Last week, Dick Fedorcio, the Met’s director of Public Affairs, resigned before gross misconduct proceedings could begin against him over the awarding of the contract.
In his second written statement to Lord Leveson’s inquiry, Mr Wallis wrote: “I advised Lord John Stevens throughout the application process in which he was ultimately successful. “My input in this process was that he would be well advised to emphasise that he was … a man of action, rather than rhetoric.”
In his oral evidence, Mr Wallis strongly rejected suggestions he was seeking to get something out of senior officers such as his friend, John Yates, the Assistant Commissioner who resigned last year, by taking them out for expensive dinners. “John Stevens is an officer who worked for 40-odd years in the police,” Mr Wallis said. “The suggestion that this man of integrity, of experience, of immense crime-fighting ability is going to be seduced by me taking him down to Cecconi’s – I just can’t begin to see where that comes from.”