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Labour: 'Whittingdale can't continue press role'

Maria Eagle believes John Whittingdale should step aside Credit: PA

John Whittingdale should withdraw from his role regulating the press, the shadow culture secretary said.

Labour's Maria Eagle said for the public to have "any confidence" in the Government's approach to press regulation then Culture Secretary Mr Whittingdale should step aside from any decision making.

Everyone is entitled to a private life

However, these revelations raise serious questions about why the Secretary of State has reneged on the Government's promise to deliver the cross-party agreement on Leveson when this is something he was previously committed to as chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee.

In order for the public to have any confidence in the Government's approach to press regulation and to allay any concerns about perceptions of any undue influence, the Secretary of State must now recuse himself from any decision making over this matter, just as Vince Cable was removed from deciding media policy in the last Parliament.

– Maria Eagle, shadow culture secretary


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Whittingdale refuses to speak about press role

John Whittingdale refused to be drawn on the appropriateness of his role as Culture Secretary on Wednesday.

The Conservative MP declined to comment this morning following admissions he had a relationship with a prostitute.

He broke it off after discovering someone was trying to sell the story to the press.


Murder investigation launched after woman found injured in the middle of the road

The victim was found injured in the road. Credit: ITV News Anglia.

A 25-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman in Essex this afternoon.

Police were called to Fambridge Close in Maldon just before 2pm today after reports of a disturbance.

They found the victim in the road with what officers described as "significant injuries". She died at the scene.

The road has been cordoned off while police investigate.

Man stabbed after fight in pub car park

The Warwick Arms, Maldon Credit: Google

A man in his 40s is in hospital with serious injuries following a stabbing in Maldon.

The man, from Maldon, was stabbed after an altercation in the car park of The Warwick Arms pub in the High Street.

A 26-year-old man, also from Maldon, has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder and is currently in custody.

Police were contacted with reports of a man being stabbed in the neck just before 2.15am this morning, Saturday, December 5.

The scene is currently cordoned off for investigations and the pub will remain closed until these investigations have been completed.

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