BARRY Sheerman last night called on Rupert Murdoch to explain his “ghastly” business to Parliament.

The Huddersfield MP welcomed the news that the media baron and his son James had agreed to answer questions about the phone-hacking scandal.

The two Murdochs initially declined to attend a hearing of the House of Commons Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Tuesday.

But the men changed their minds after MPs issued a summons demanding they appear.

Mr Sheerman told the Examiner last night that he wants the Murdochs to account for the phone-hacking which took place at the News of the World.

The Labour man said: “If I was on the committee I would ask him about the ghastly state of his business and the corrupt way some of his employees have acted.

“His business has been totally tainted. Doesn’t the buck stop with him?”

Mr Sheerman chaired the House of Commons Education Select Committee for 10 years.

He said: “I was never quite sure what our powers were to summon people.”