The Group joins Halifax, Ford and Mumsnet in boycotting the News of the World following the latest phone hacking accusations levelled at the Sunday tabloid.
It is alleged that the News of the World hacked the phones of Milly Dowler, 7 July bombing victims’ families and the relatives of murdered Soham school girls, Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
The Co-operative Group says in a statement: “The Co-operative Group has taken the decision to suspend temporarily any further advertising and promotional activity with the News of the World until the outcome of the investigation is known.
“The Group is a consumer-owned business which adheres to strong ethical standards. These allegations have been met with revulsion by the vast majority of members who have contacted us.
“We would urge everyone involved to bring this matter to a speedy conclusion for the sake of all those who are affected by these events.”
Other brands including Procter & Gamble, William Hill, Npower and Everything Everywhere have said they are reviewing their relationships with the News of the World, following the latest scandal at the newspaper.
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