Press anger at regulation deal

The Financial Times has become the latest newspaper to oppose the all-party endorsed press regulation proposals. The FT joins an opposition press group that includes The Times, The Daily Telegraph, the Daily Mirror and the Daily Mail.

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'Exemplary damages' amendment passes in Commons

The amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill enabling the courts to impose exemplary damages was passed in the Commons tonight by 530 votes to 13.

The Tory MPs who opposed the exemplary damages measure were:

  • Richard Bacon (S Norfolk)
  • Christopher Chope (Christchurch)
  • Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford)
  • Philip Davies (Shipley)
  • Nick de Bois (Enfield N)
  • Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole)
  • Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood)
  • John Redwood (Wokingham)
  • Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)
  • Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
  • Charles Walker (Broxbourne)
  • Sarah Wollaston (Totnes)

Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) voted both ways, the traditional way of registering an abstention.


Telegraph: Deal 'detail deserves careful consideration'

The Daily Telegraph has said the cross-party deal on press regulation "deserves careful consideration."

In its leader column to be published in tomorrow's paper, it says:

The near unanimity in Parliament yesterday in support of the new approach was a powerful indication of how far the press needs to move in order to restore faith in its regulatory structure.

The three party leaders urged the newspaper industry to endorse the new dispensation as quickly as possible. However, after 318 years of a free press, its detail deserves careful consideration.

It also says that the Prime Minister should admit the plans do involve legislation:

So for all Mr Cameron’s protestations, the distinction between his proposed regime and statutory regulation is a semantic one.

As Nick Clegg, the Deputy Prime Minister, observed, the solution involves a mixture of Royal Charter and statute.


Report: Richard Desmond opposed to 'press deal'

Richard Desmond, the owner of Express Newspapers, is said to have joined the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International in expressing concerns about the Royal Charter plan.

Lisa O'Carroll, a Guardian journalist specialising in media and tech, tweeted:

Newspapers: Contentious issues 'not resolved' in deal

In a joint statement, representatives of some of Britain's largest newspaper publishing groups said they would need time to study the cross-party proposals before responding, noting that early drafts contained "several deeply contentious issues which have not yet been resolved with the industry".

The statement was issued by the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International - the publishers of The Sun and Times newspapers - as well as the Newspaper Society and Professional Publishers Association.

The statement reads:

No representative of the newspaper and magazine industry had any involvement in, or indeed any knowledge of, the cross-party talks on press regulation that took place on Sunday night.

We have only late this afternoon seen the Royal Charter that the political parties have agreed between themselves and, more pertinently, the Recognition Criteria, early drafts of which contained several deeply contentious issues which have not yet been resolved with the industry.

In the light of this we are not able to give any response on behalf of the industry to this afternoon’s proposals until we have had time to study them.

Draft Royal Charter on press regulation

The draft Royal Charter on the self-regulation of the press was published today.

Key points:

  • To create a body known as the Recognition Panel
  • To remain in place unless two-thirds of MPs and peers decide otherwise
  • To impose "financial sanctions up to 1% of turnover attributable to the publication concerned with a maximum of £1,000,000"
  • To be funded by public money “to commence its operations and thereafter fulfil its purpose for the first three years”
  • To be governed by a board made up of a chair and at least four members
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