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Ministers granted 'core participant' status at Leveson

Lord Justice Leveson has granted "core participant" status to eight Cabinet ministers, including Prime Minister David Cameron and Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt.

Lord Justice Leveson.
Lord Justice Leveson.

The Government had applied to be given the right to see Leveson Inquiry documents and witness statements in advance.

The inquiry heard an application today for the Government to be named as a "core participant," those who have a significant interest in the hearings or may face criticism.

The move comes ahead of evidence next week from former News International executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, which could embarrass Prime Minister David Cameron.

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Govt could join Brooks as 'core participant' at Leveson

Core participant status would give the Government the right to put questions to other witnesses through its lawyers.

 Rebekah Brooks is due to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry next week.
Rebekah Brooks is due to give evidence at the Leveson Inquiry next week. Credit: Press Association

Existing core participants for the inquiry's third module - looking at relations between the press and politicians - include Rebekah Brooks, national newspaper groups and a number of current and former MPs.

Government applies to see Leveson documents in advance

The Government has applied to be given the right to see Leveson Inquiry documents and witness statements in advance.

The inquiry will hear an application today for the Government to be named as a "core participant," those who have a significant interest in the hearings or may face criticism.

The move comes ahead of evidence next week from former News International executives Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson, which could embarrass Prime Minister David Cameron.

What will Rebekah Brooks be asked about at Leveson?

Rebekah Brooks giving evidence to the parliamentary investigation into phone-hacking, July 2011 Credit: REUTERS/Parbul TV via Reuters Tv

Rebekah Brooks, the former editor of the News of the World and head of News International, will face the Leveson Inquiry on May 11th, it was announced today.

Mrs Brooks can't be asked about anything that could prejudice the continuing police investigation into phone hacking.

Her evidence could prove embarrassing to the Prime Minister. The Leveson Inquiry already revealed that Mr Cameron is likely to have ridden a retired police horse that was loaned to Mrs Brooks.

She is likely to be questioned about her relations with politicians and senior police officers.

Mrs Brooks has been named as one of the Leveson Inquiry's "core participants", people who have a significant interest in the hearings or may face criticism.

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