Cameron's adviser leaves job over hacking inquiry

Prime Minister David Cameron's office says the leader's communications director has left his post, 11 days after announcing he'd quit in the wake of new police inquiries into tabloid phone hacking.

Cameron's office confirmed on Tuesday that Andy Coulson had stepped down.

Coulson resigned as editor of the weekly News of the World tabloid in 2007 after the paper's former royal editor Clive Goodman and private investigator Glenn Mulcaire were jailed for hacking into voicemail messages.

Police said last week they've launched a new inquiry into the newspaper's practices after receiving new evidence which alleges other reporters and editors may have been implicated.

Coulson has denied he had knowledge of hacking, or that he was involved in any wrongdoing.