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SOUTH Yorkshire MP Denis MacShane is the latest politician to be told that he may have been targeted in the News of the World phone hacking scandal, The Star can reveal.

Mr MacShane, the MP for Rotherham, said he has been informed by police that his mobile telephone number was found in documents seized from Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator who worked for the News of the World.

The MP believes he may have been targeted in 2005/06.

He has contacted his mobile telephone company T-Mobile to ask for technical information, which he will then forward to the police.

He said: “I can confirm that the Metropolitan Police have requested me to assist them in their inquiries into the News of the World phone hacking case after they informed me that my mobile phone number was among those found in documents by police.

“I am of course co-operating fully with the police into what is now clearly a very serious matter of public concern.”

Mr MacShane, a former Europe Minister in Tony Blair’s Government, is the second South Yorkshire politician to have been named in relation to the controversy.

Former Home Secretary David Blunkett was reported to have believed his messages may have been hacked by journalists as he fought to save his cabinet career in 2004.

A News of the World reporter and an ex-news editor were arrested earlier this week by police investigating allegations of phone hacking.

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: “We do not discuss individuals involved in any investigation.”

It is understood that the Brightside MP decided not to take legal action over the alleged hacking and has no plans to ask the police to investigate the claims.

A News of the World reporter and an ex-news editor were arrested earlier this week by police investigating allegations of phone hacking.

Chief reporter Neville Thurlbeck, 50, and former news editor Ian Edmondson, 42, are suspected of having unlawfully intercepted voicemail messages.