'Disaster' if Leveson ignored

Victims of the press have given their backing to the Leveson report into media standards and ethics. Christopher Jefferies exclusively told ITV News it would be a "disaster" if David Cameron did not introduce a press regulator backed up by the law.

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Kate McCann hopes Leveson will mark a 'new era' for press

Kate McCann arrives for the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's report Credit: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire

Madeleine McCann's mother Kate said today she hoped the Leveson report would "mark the start of a new era" for the press, in which it treats those in the news "with care and consideration".

Mrs McCann went on: "Needless to say, more time will be needed to read, digest and understand all the implications of the report but initial impressions are positive.

"I hope the Prime Minister, and all the party leaders, will embrace the report and act swiftly to ensure activation of Lord [Justice] Leveson's recommendations within an acceptable and clearly defined time-scale."

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Cameron has 'not done his job' over Leveson proposals

The Hacked Off campaign, which represents many victims of newspaper intrusion, said Lord Justice Leveson had given the Prime Minister a "workable, proportionate, reasonable solution" to the problems of press abuse.

But the group added that David Cameron "had not done his job" by failing to accept the full recommendations of the report and was wrong to trust Editors to "behave themselves".

The Hacked Off campaign speaking to the media after the Leveson report was published
The Hacked Off campaign speaking to the media after the Leveson report was published Credit: Pool

Lawyer for phone hacking victims welcomes Leveson report

David Sherborne, who represents the core participant victims of phone hacking, said his clients welcome the findings and recommendations of the Leveson report.

He said the report included a "clear recognition of widespread failings in the culture, ethics and standard of the press and the devastating consequences this has had for the victims".

He said that the report calls for a regulatory system with "real teeth" and called on the current parliament to implement its recommendations.

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Milly Dowler's parents arrive at QE2 centre

(L-R) Media lawyer Mark Lewis, Sally Dowler and Bob Dowler arriving at the QE2 centre Credit: ITV News/Sam Kirby

The parents of the murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, Bob and Sally, have arrived at the QE2 centre in Westminster ahead of Lord Justice Leveson's statement this afternoon.

It was the revelation that their daughter's voicemail messages had been hacked that led to the public outcry over the practice, and ultimately the Leveson inquiry.

The media lawyer Mark Lewis arrived at the same time.