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Cherie Blair, James Nesbitt among News International hacking payouts

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News International has agreed to settle 130 civil damages claims of phone hacking undertaken by News of the World.

Cherie Blair, James Nesbitt and David Beckham's father Ted are among the public figures who have reached settlements with the company, which is expected to cost millions of pounds.

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The former Sunday tabloid owned by the corporation faces 167 phone hacking claims filed by nearly 180 people, having already settled over 50 in 2012 from the likes of Lord John Prescott, Jude Law and Sienna Miller.

130 of these claims have been settled, with the total number to be confirmed at a high court case-management conference on February 8, reports The Guardian.

Cherie made her claim against the tabloid last year "in relation to the unlawful interception of her voicemails". Most of the claims are from when her husband Tony Blair was prime minister.

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Charlotte Church takes part in a discussion on phone hacking before today's session of the Conservative Party conference at International Convention Centre in Birmingham.

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Former transport secretary Stephen Bryers, ex-Conservative MP Neil Hamilton and his wife Christine and John Major's former daughter-in-law Emma Noble are also among the individuals who have made claims.

News International will also give payments to current Celebrity Big Brother contestant Neil Ruddock, This Morning presenter Jeff Brazier and Tamzin Outhwaite.
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EastEnders actor Leslie Grantham, Charlotte Church's parish priest Father Richard Reardon, and one of Church's ex-boyfriends will also receive settlements.

Charlotte Church and her family have already been given £300,000 in phone hacking damages from the company, along with £300,000 in legal costs.

News International is reportedly opting to settle the claims rather than go to court in order to avoid the details of each claim reaching the public domain.

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