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Christine Lampard wows in sequins as she parties with Piers Morgan hours after phone hacking court case

Christine was amongst a host of famous faces that attended Piers' annual festive bash

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Sophie Bates
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Christine Lampard looked as gorgeous as ever as she attended Piers Morgan's Christmas party on Friday – which he hosted just hours after his phone hacking court case concluded.

Christine, 44, looked so festive in a collared burgundy dress adourned with sparkling embellishments. The presenter wore her hair in her signature sleek style, opting for a glam makeup look consisting of a smokey eye, a touch of rosy blush, and a glossy pink lip. 

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GMB's Charlotte Hawkins shared a series of photos from the party on her Instagram

The Loose Women panellist posed alongside Good Morning Britain stars Laura Tobin and Charlotte Hawkins, who dazzled in a gold sequin dress. Other famous faces that attended the festive get-together included Richard Madeley and Bruno Tonioli.

Charlotte took to Instagram to share a series of photos from the Christmas bash, with the caption: "With these two sisters - how are Christine Lampard and Laura Tobin not actually related?! What an evening catching up with everyone at Piers Morgan's Christmas party."

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Charlotte Hawkin, Laura Tobin and Richard Madeley all attended Piers' get-together

Fans were quick to comment on the post, with one follower writing: "Stunning ladies! Cheers [beer emoji]. While another added: "Looks like a great night!" 

"Absolutely fabulous! Lovely picture," a third chimed in. 

Piers, 58, has been hitting the headlines in recent days after Prince Harry was awarded £140,600 after bringing a High Court phone hacking claim against Mirror Group Newspapers

The broadcaster hosted his annual Christmas party just hours after he made a statement outside his front door that denied he had ever "hacked a phone or told anyone else to hack a phone".

Piers took to Instagram to share a video of his statement, with the caption: "My statement re Prince Harry/ Daily Mirror judgement.

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In a ruling on Friday, Mr Justice Fancourt concluded there was "extensive" phone hacking generally by Mirror Group Newspapers (MGN) from 2006 to 2011, "even to some extent" during the Leveson Inquiry into media standards.

The judge also ruled that Prince Harry's phone was probably hacked "to a modest extent" by the publisher.

Prince Harry's statement in full

"Today is a great day for truth as well as accountability. The Court has ruled that unlawful and criminal activities were carried out at all three of Mirror Group’s newspaper titles (The Mirror, The Sunday Mirror and The People) on a habitual and widespread basis for more than a decade. 

I’d like to thank my legal team for so successfully dismantling the sworn testimony of Mirror Group Newspaper's senior executives, legal department and journalists who at least turned up to Court, unlike their colleagues, who were perhaps too afraid to do so.

This case is not just about hacking; it is about a systemic practice of unlawful and appalling behaviour, followed by cover-ups and destruction of evidence, the shocking scale of which can only be revealed through these proceedings. The Court has found that Mirror Group’s principal board directors, their legal department, senior executives, and editors such as Piers Morgan, clearly knew about or were involved in these illegal activities. Between them, they even went as far as lying under oath to parliament, during the Leveson Inquiry, to the Stock Exchange, and to us all ever since.

The journey to justice can be a slow and painful one, and since bringing my claim almost five years ago, defamatory stories and intimidating tactics have been deployed against me and at my family’s expense. And so, as I too have learnt through this process, patience is in fact a virtue – especially in the face of vendetta journalism.

I hope that the Court’s findings will serve as a warning to all media organisations who have employed these practices and similarly lied about them. Mirror Group’s actions were so calculated and misleading that their pattern of destroying evidence and concealing their unlawful behaviour continued into the litigation itself and, as the Judge has ruled, even to this day. 

 I am happy to have won the case, especially given that this trial only looked at a quarter of my entire claim. Even on just that, it is clear Mirror Group’s persistent attempts to suggest that my claim was, to quote their counsel, “fantastical” and was in the “realms of total speculation” and that there was “simply no evidence at all” to suggest I was hacked, “zilch, zero, nil, nada, niente absolutely nothing,” were total nonsense and were used maliciously to attack my character and credibility. However, as Mirror Group intended, these hollow soundbites were blasted across front pages and across online platforms, and into the next day’s morning television shows. The Court has in fact confirmed that all four claimants were subjected to voicemail interception and unlawful information gathering. But no one would have believed that was the case given how this trial has been covered in the UK.

My commitment to seeing this case through is based on my belief in our need and collective right to a free and honest press, and one which is properly accountable when necessary. That is what we need in Britain and across the globe. Anything else is poisoning the well for a profession we all depend on. The acts listed in this judgement are prime examples of what happens when the power of the press is abused. 

I respectfully call upon the authorities - the financial regulator, the Stock Market who were deliberately deceived by Mirror Group, and indeed the Metropolitan Police and prosecuting authorities - to do their duty for the British public and investigate bringing charges against the company and those who have broken the law.

 Today’s ruling is vindicating and affirming. I’ve been told that slaying dragons will get you burned. But in light of today’s victory and the importance of doing what is needed for a free and honest press – it’s a worthwhile price to pay. The mission continues."