Rebekah Brooks is at the centre of the scandal. She began her career in the late 1980s at Eddie Shah’s short-lived tabloid, The Post.
Shah built up his firm in Warrington by breaking unions.
When The Post went bust, Brooks jumped ship to another anti-union company—and joined the News of the World.
She rose quickly through the ranks, becoming Sun deputy editor in 1997 at the age of 29.
She went on to be News of the World editor in 2000 and Sun editor in 2003—before Rupert Murdoch made her chief executive of News International in 2009.
Brooks has been close friends with the last three prime ministers and their families.
She is ferociously loyal to Murdoch, who is said to view her as a “fifth daughter”.
He sent a designer outfit to the police station when she was arrested for allegedly attacking her then husband, actor Ross Kemp.
Brooks described the News of the World as “toxic” when she told staff it was to close as a result of the hacking scandal.
But it is the whole of the establishment that is toxic—and it needs to be cleaned out.