Leveson not drawn on regulation

Lord Justice Leveson has refused to be drawn on the row over press regulation, as he appeared in front of a Lords committee. The newspaper industry's proposals for a royal charter were rejected by Culture Secretary Maria Miller.

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Culture Secretary 'may set up a club with no members'

by - Deputy Political Editor

The plan for a new press regulator, backed by nearly all politicians and Hacked Off campaigners, will now be looked at again and amended over the next month.

But even Government sources admit that any changes they are likely to make are very unlikely to bring the press on board.

Newspapers being printed in a factory.
Culture Secretary Maria Miller made a statement to the House of Commons earlier today. Credit: ITV News

The Culture Secretary might well be faced with the prospect of setting up a club with no members.

The victims say that club should therefore be imposed on the press, the press are threatening to go their own way - at some point in this row one side is going to have to back down.

Hacked Off welcomes 'long overdue' rejection

Hacked Off, the group campaigning for a free and accountable press, welcomed the "long overdue" rejection of the press' proposal for a Royal Charter.

The group's director, Brian Cathcart, said it was "regrettable" that further changes would be made to the cross-party charter and added that he would be watching closely to ensure there was no "dilution" of the Leveson recommendations.

Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart speaking after Maria Miller's statement to MPs.
Hacked Off director Brian Cathcart speaking after Maria Miller's statement to MPs. Credit: ITV News

Asked what would happen if the press decide to go it alone, he said: "If that happens we end up with another Press Complaints Commission, another failed non-regulator, we end up with more abuses and scandals.

"I'm afraid we'll all be back here again if that happens ... and in between there will have been more unfortunate victims of press abuses."

Privy Council 'unable to recommend press proposal'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs the Privy Council was unable to recommend the newspaper industry's proposal for a Royal Charter be granted.

Ms Miller said in a statement to the House of Commons:

Whilst there are areas whereit is acceptable, it is unable to comply with some fundamental Leveson principles and Government policy, such as independence and access to arbitration.

In the light of this, we will be taking forward the cross-party charter which was debated in this House.

The cross-party charter will be on the agenda at a "specially convened meeting of the Privy Council" on October 30, she added.


Press regulation 'must be workable and effective'

Culture Secretary Maria Miller told MPs the final charter for press regulation must be "workable and effective".

Ms Miller said in a statement to the House of Commons: "We have a responsibility Mr Speaker to make sure that what we do here will be effective, that it will stand the test of time, so we need to make it the best it can be.

"We have a once in a generation opportunity to get it right, and I think we all here today want to do that.

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