Statement from the Conservative Party, 12th July 2011:
"We can give categorical assurances that [Andy Coulson] wasn't paid by any other source. Andy Coulson's only salary, his only form of income, came from the party during the years he worked for the party and in government."
Statement from the Conservative Party, 23rd August 2011:
"We were not aware until last night of allegations that Andy Coulson's severance package, agreed with News International ...was paid in instalments that continued into the time he was employed by the Conservative party. It is not part of the HR process to discuss severance payments from previous jobs with potential employees."
Whether it's true or not, it does make you wonder how they could give such "categorical assurances" back in July.