Mark Oaten receives substantial payment from News of the World publisher

Daily Echo: Mark Oaten Mark Oaten

FORMER Hampshire MP Mark Oaten has received a large cash payment after settling his phone hacking legal case with the publishers of the News of the World.

Mr Oaten was one of seven public figures to reach a financial agreement in the wake of the scandal that brought the Sunday tabloid to a halt, it emerged yesterday.

The former Winchester MP has a history with the paper, which in 2006 published allegations of an affair with a male escort that saw him resign from the Liberal Democrat front bench and step down from his seat at the 2010 general election.

Civil action The settlement followed a civil action by Mr Oaten against News Group Newspapers, the News International subsidiary that published the News of the World until it closed in July, and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire, who was jailed in 2007 for phone hacking.

Mr Oaten claimed he was a victim of the scandal and said he had been awarded “substantial compensation” alongside others including Ulrika Jonsson, Abi Titmuss and Calum Best.

News International released a statement expressing regret for any distress caused and said “appropriate sums by way of compensation” had been agreed.

Terms of the payments were not disclosed.

After serving in Westminster for 13 years, father-of-two Mr Oaten, 48, is now working as chief executive of the International Fur Trade Federation.

He was also seen taking part in a TV reality show in which he lived for a week on a council estate in Dagenham. Viewers saw him break down in tears after being taunted by youths.

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9:51am Wed 21 Dec 11

Condor Man says...

Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life. Condor Man
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10:12am Wed 21 Dec 11

Eastleigh Bloke says...

Condor Man wrote:
Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life".

Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests. Eastleigh Bloke
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10:33am Wed 21 Dec 11

Shoong says...

Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life".

Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.
[quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.[/p][/quote]Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'. Shoong
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10:40am Wed 21 Dec 11

The Salv says...

Shoong wrote:
Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.
NOW reported that he had hired a 23-year-old male prostitute between the summer of 2004 and February 2005.
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What the issue was is they had this story for many years but was holding onto it so that they could release it at a time Mark was most famous thus selling more newspapers.
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You wonder how many other ticking time bomb stories they had or other newspapers have?
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.[/p][/quote]Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.[/p][/quote]NOW reported that he had hired a 23-year-old male prostitute between the summer of 2004 and February 2005. . What the issue was is they had this story for many years but was holding onto it so that they could release it at a time Mark was most famous thus selling more newspapers. . You wonder how many other ticking time bomb stories they had or other newspapers have? The Salv
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10:46am Wed 21 Dec 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Shoong wrote:
Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life".

Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.
"Hobbies" mainly brought to light by the gutter tactics of some moral lacking newspaper.
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Fortunately the NoTW along with some of its staff confined to public humiliation, prison and obscurity.
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May be and hopefully followed The Sun another part of Murdoch gutter empire.
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.[/p][/quote]Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.[/p][/quote]"Hobbies" mainly brought to light by the gutter tactics of some moral lacking newspaper. . Fortunately the NoTW along with some of its staff confined to public humiliation, prison and obscurity. . May be and hopefully followed The Sun another part of Murdoch gutter empire. Lone Ranger.
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10:48am Wed 21 Dec 11

Huey says...

The funniest thing for me was when he explained that he had been seeing rent boys due to a midlife crisis precipitated by him going bald ho ho ho.
I am glad his dirty secret was revealed.
The funniest thing for me was when he explained that he had been seeing rent boys due to a midlife crisis precipitated by him going bald ho ho ho. I am glad his dirty secret was revealed. Huey
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11:05am Wed 21 Dec 11

Fieldbean says...

News of the World could smell mucky story every time, as it does take one to know one.
The fact that he went on to further the gains of the vile fur trade just about sum it up for this boy player, sorry play boy.
News of the World could smell mucky story every time, as it does take one to know one. The fact that he went on to further the gains of the vile fur trade just about sum it up for this boy player, sorry play boy. Fieldbean
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11:28am Wed 21 Dec 11

Huey says...

Fieldbean wrote:
News of the World could smell mucky story every time, as it does take one to know one.
The fact that he went on to further the gains of the vile fur trade just about sum it up for this boy player, sorry play boy.
He needs some fur on top of his head
[quote][p][bold]Fieldbean[/bold] wrote: News of the World could smell mucky story every time, as it does take one to know one. The fact that he went on to further the gains of the vile fur trade just about sum it up for this boy player, sorry play boy.[/p][/quote]He needs some fur on top of his head Huey
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12:11pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Eastleigh Bloke says...

Shoong wrote:
Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.
Each to his own. What he did doesn't do anything for me, but I don't condemn him for it.

Its not as though he sent hundreds of people to die in a foreign country is it?
[quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.[/p][/quote]Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.[/p][/quote]Each to his own. What he did doesn't do anything for me, but I don't condemn him for it. Its not as though he sent hundreds of people to die in a foreign country is it? Eastleigh Bloke
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12:30pm Wed 21 Dec 11

hulla baloo says...

Lone Ranger. wrote:
Shoong wrote:
Eastleigh Bloke wrote:
Condor Man wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.
Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.
Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.
"Hobbies" mainly brought to light by the gutter tactics of some moral lacking newspaper. . Fortunately the NoTW along with some of its staff confined to public humiliation, prison and obscurity. . May be and hopefully followed The Sun another part of Murdoch gutter empire.
May have been brought to light by the newspapers, but if he had not indulged himself in these ' activities' there would be nothing to report.
I have no sympathy with those that choose to court publicity to serve their own needs, then complain when they get adverse publicity.
As the saying goes ' live by the sword and die by the sword'.
[quote][p][bold]Lone Ranger.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Shoong[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Eastleigh Bloke[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: Oaten was tipped for big things and could possibly have been in the cabinet now had it not been for his personal life.[/p][/quote]Not "had it not been for his personal life" rather "had it not been for THE REPORTING OF his personal life". Personally I thought he was a good MP and was sorry to see him go. I'm sure there are currently MPs with even dodgier interests.[/p][/quote]Are you sure? I'm not sure you can get any more disgusting than Mr Oaten's past 'hobbies'.[/p][/quote]"Hobbies" mainly brought to light by the gutter tactics of some moral lacking newspaper. . Fortunately the NoTW along with some of its staff confined to public humiliation, prison and obscurity. . May be and hopefully followed The Sun another part of Murdoch gutter empire.[/p][/quote]May have been brought to light by the newspapers, but if he had not indulged himself in these ' activities' there would be nothing to report. I have no sympathy with those that choose to court publicity to serve their own needs, then complain when they get adverse publicity. As the saying goes ' live by the sword and die by the sword'. hulla baloo
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12:35pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Condor Man says...

It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.
It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life. Condor Man
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12:35pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Condor Man says...

It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.
It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life. Condor Man
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1:25pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Lone Ranger. says...

Condor Man wrote:
It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.
So its ok to tap phone lines then is it.
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There is investigative journalism and then there are low life hack's.
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You know the sort one that was once ran press office at No10 with "call me Dave" ..... allegedly
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.[/p][/quote]So its ok to tap phone lines then is it. . There is investigative journalism and then there are low life hack's. . You know the sort one that was once ran press office at No10 with "call me Dave" ..... allegedly Lone Ranger.
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1:48pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Shoong says...

He's a scat man!
He's a scat man! Shoong
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3:16pm Wed 21 Dec 11

freefinker says...

Condor Man wrote:
It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.
Ah, I see, like: -
John Profumo.
Stephen Milligan.
Gregory Barker.
Piers Merchant.
David Mellor.
John Major.
.. etc, etc ad infinitum.

Surely CM your private life should be just that - unless hypocrisy is an issue.

All this tittle tattle may be interesting to the public - but it's almost certainly not in the public interest.
[quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see, like: - John Profumo. Stephen Milligan. Gregory Barker. Piers Merchant. David Mellor. John Major. .. etc, etc ad infinitum. Surely CM your private life should be just that - unless hypocrisy is an issue. All this tittle tattle may be interesting to the public - but it's almost certainly not in the public interest. freefinker
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4:28pm Wed 21 Dec 11

Condor Man says...

freefinker wrote:
Condor Man wrote:
It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.
Ah, I see, like: -
John Profumo.
Stephen Milligan.
Gregory Barker.
Piers Merchant.
David Mellor.
John Major.
.. etc, etc ad infinitum.

Surely CM your private life should be just that - unless hypocrisy is an issue.

All this tittle tattle may be interesting to the public - but it's almost certainly not in the public interest.
You're forgetting Cecil Parkinson, Maggie was sad to lose him but he had to go. You can't possibly expect people to respect you if you behave in an irresponsible manner.
[quote][p][bold]freefinker[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Condor Man[/bold] wrote: It's easy to blame the papers but Oaten was in a position of trust. If he wanted a political career he should have cleaned up his personal life.[/p][/quote]Ah, I see, like: - John Profumo. Stephen Milligan. Gregory Barker. Piers Merchant. David Mellor. John Major. .. etc, etc ad infinitum. Surely CM your private life should be just that - unless hypocrisy is an issue. All this tittle tattle may be interesting to the public - but it's almost certainly not in the public interest.[/p][/quote]You're forgetting Cecil Parkinson, Maggie was sad to lose him but he had to go. You can't possibly expect people to respect you if you behave in an irresponsible manner. Condor Man
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