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Neil Wallis: 'Press didn't hold Whittingdale leverage'

Former tabloid newspaper deputy editor Neil Wallis doesn't believe the press held any leverage over John Whittingdale after finding out about his affair with a sex worker.

The ex-Sun and News of the World deputy editor said he doesn't believe editors would have viewed the story as being of "public interest" post the Leveson inquiry

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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

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.

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Whittingdale: Blatter should take responsibility and step down

Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport told ITV News Sepp Blatter should take responsibility for the scandal engulfing Fifa and stand down.

John Whittingdale said: "It's impossible to think of any other organisation were somebody facing such a crisis shouldn't take some responsibility and stand aside."

I think the arrests came as no real surprise to anyone who's been looking at Fifa over the last few years the evidence of serious corruption within Fifa is overwhelming.

– John Whittingdale

Culture Secretary: Fifa result 'incredibly disappointing'

Culture Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale has called Sepp Blatter's reappointment as Fifa president "incredibly disappointing".

"When presented with overwhelming demands for change, many Fifa members still opted for the status quo - for a president who's overseen an organisation tainted with accusations of corruption," Whittingdale said.

Culture, Media and Sport Secretary John Whittingdale. Credit: PA/PA Wire

"A system designed to support the incumbent has returned a predictable result, but with its authority severely diminished," he continued

"The investigations taking place make it clear that Fifa needs to change, and change now. I hope the voices calling for this change within the football community can be successful and do not continue to find their efforts blocked and frustrated by vested interests."

MP 'doesn't have confidence' in Fifa president Blatter

John Whittingdale, the chairman of the Commons Culture, Media and Sport select committee, has said he "does not have any confidence" in Sepp Blatter as Fifa president.

He told ITV News, "Sepp Blatter has known about these allegations for a considerable amount of time. We called upon him to act swiftly to clear up the concerns three years ago.

"Very little has been done since then and I have to say, I do not have any confidence in him as President of Fifa."

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