Press warned to act over Leveson

The Culture Secretary has warning the newspaper industry to take action over the Leveson report, saying "if the industry doesn't respond then the government will".

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Culture Secretary: 'If the industry doesn't respond then the government will'

The Culture Secretary has issued a warning to the newspaper industry in the wake of the Leveson report saying that "if the industry doesn't respond then the government will".

Speaking to the House of Commons, Maria Miller said that maintaining the status quo was not an option for the industry and that the report had highlighted the scale and breath of abuse conducted by the press over the past few years.

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Leveson and Cameron called to give evidence

Lord Justice Leveson and Prime Minister David Cameron have been called to give evidence to a parliamentary committee report on press regulation, it has emerged.

The House of Commons Culture, Media and Sports Committee has launched a new inquiry into press regulation. It is hoped that the Appeal Court judge - who published his report on the issue last week - and the PM will be witnesses.

At a private meeting of the committee last week, it was agreed that invitations would be sent to Mr Cameron, Lord Justice Leveson, and the Press Complaints Commission chairman Lord Hunt. Guardian editor Alan Rusbridger and representatives of the Hacked Off campaign have also been invited.

Cross-party talks on Leveson report to resume

Cross-party talks on the Leveson report will resume today in a bid to find a solution to press regulation that meets the requirements set out in the report.

Lord Justice Leveson's report made a series of recommendations for press regulation Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

On Sunday, a Labour Party source said it was committed to cross-party talks on the report.

However, they warned that it had begun drafting its own Bill based on Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations for regulation of the press and will use it as the basis for a Commons vote if the Prime Minister blocks reform.

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Hacked Off petition image projected on to Parliament

Campaign group Hacked Off have projected an image on to Parliament urging people to sign up to their online petition calling for the Leveson recommendations to be implemented in full

The petition has attracted more than 123,000 signatures since it was launched on Friday.

Hacked Off image is projected on to the Houses of Parliament Credit: ITV News
The petition has attracted more than 123,000 signatures Credit: ITV News

Labour begins drafting press rules Bill

The Labour Party has begun drafting its own Bill based on Lord Justice Leveson's recommendations for regulation of the press and will use it as the basis for a Commons vote if the Prime Minister blocks reform, a source said.

Labour is frustrated by suggestions that draft legislation David Cameron ordered to be drawn up was simply an exercise in showing the plans are unworkable.

The Leveson Report on media ethics and press standards is 2,000 pages long Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

The party has brought in a team of legal experts to put together proposals within two weeks that would implement the core principles of the Leveson Report's findings.

The Labour source said the party was committed to cross-party talks on the report, which resume tomorrow between culture Secretary Maria Miller and her opposite number Harriet Harman.

But they warned, "If they [the talks] are not successful, Ed Miliband does want to push this to a vote".

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