Leveson Inquiry: All the reaction as it happened

Key Points

  • Lord Justice Leveson publishes his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press and recommends independent self-regulation backed up with a new law
  • In the Commons, David Cameron opposes the idea of legislation, but his deputy Nick Clegg and Labour leader Ed Miliband embrace it
  • The divisive issue of legislation and the timetable for implementing changes are discussed in cross-party talks at the Commons

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    In just a few hours time, the long-awaited Leveson report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press will be published. Stay with our live page to follow key reaction and comment from all the key players throughout the day.

     
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    Milly Dowler

    The public inquiry - led by Lord Justice Leveson - was launched eight months ago by Prime Minister David Cameron after it emerged that the now closed News of the World newspaper had hacked into the mobile phone of murdered schoolgirl, Milly Dowler.

     
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    A few key moments to watch out for today:

    • 13:30 GMT: Lord Justice Leveson will publish his report and make a statement on his recommendations at the Queen Elizabeth II centre in Westminster
    • 15:00 GMT: Prime Minister David Cameron will make a statement to the House of Commons about the report - which he was given yesterday
    • It is now expected that his coalition partner Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will give a separate response to the House
    • Leader of the opposition, Labour's Ed Miliband will give a reply
    • 16:00 GMT: A press conference held by the campaign group Hacked Off will be attended by some phone-hacking victims
     
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    Lord Leveson's 2000-page report is expected to criticise the press, politicians and police, and is widely expected to recommend some form of statutory press regulation overseen by an independent body - something that is highly controversial. You can read our full news story here.

     
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    The question of how to regulate the press in the future is politically controversial. Conservative Prime Minister David Cameron is aiming to hammer out a shared government position with coalition partners, the Liberal Democrats. He's also set up cross-party talks on the matter. However, agreement may yet prove impossible says the BBC's political editor Nick Robinson in his blog.

     
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    The political debate has focused on whether there should be a law to force newspapers to take part in new forms of regulation. Many Conservatives oppose the possibility of statutory regulation while Liberal Democrats are understood to be ready to support such a move.

     
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    Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg were given advance copies of Lord Leveson's report on Wednesday. Labour leader Ed Miliband was to receive his copy on Thursday morning.

     
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    newspapers

    Here are some possible options for future press regulation:

    • Statutory regulation: Stricter regulation of the press, enforceable by law
    • Statutory underpinning: Self-regulatory body with statutory framework which enforces newspapers to sign up
    • New Press Complaints Council: Tougher self-regulation body with investigative arm. One proposal suggests body should be independent from newspaper industry
    • Newspaper ombudsman: Self-regulatory body, working alongside PCC, to deal with standards
     
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    Actor Hugh Grant

    Actor Hugh Grant, who is a high profile campaigner on press intrusion and a victim of phone hacking, arrives to attend the release of Lord Justice Leveson's report on media practices in central London.

     
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    If you want to find out more about what the press wants in terms of future regulation, and newspapers' reaction to the prospect of statutory regulation, have a read of our in depth page here.

     
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    In the House of Common's yesterday, Mr Cameron said he wanted an "independent regulatory system that can deliver and in which the public have confidence".

     
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    So what has the Leveson Inquiry been looking at? It's broadly been examining the relationship between the press and the public, including phone-hacking and other potentially illegal behaviour, and at the relationships between the press and the police and the press and politicians. It's also been considering recommendations for more effective press regulation. Find out more with our Q&A here.

     
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    Lord Leveson's report will appear on the inquiry website later at 13:30 GMT. The site also contains transcripts of hearings and witnesses.

     
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    The BBC's political editor Norman Smith says there are now indications that Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will make a separate statement in the House of Commons after Mr Cameron's official statement at 15:00 GMT. This would leave the prime minister in a difficult position with a very public coalition split on how to respond to Lord Leveson's report.

     
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    1103: Angela Eagle, Labour MP for for Wallasey & Shadow Leader of the House of Commons

    tweets: New levels of farce reached in Whitehall as the DPM and the PM both decide to make separate statements on Leveson #leveson

     
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    At the moment the press is self-regulated - voluntarily - through the Press Complaints Commission (PCC), which is widely agreed to be doomed - the PCC itself has agreed to move into a "transitional phase" until a long-term replacement can be established.

     
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    PCC chairman Lord Hunt says he wants a new "tough, independent regulator with teeth". He told the Leveson inquiry there was a willingness among publications for a "fresh start and a new body".

     
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    But the press has widely defied any suggestion of a law to regulate it. In its latest editorial, the Spectator became the first publication to declare it will refuse to recognise any regulatory regime imposed by statute.

     
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    Bob and Sally Dowler

    Sally and Bob Dowler, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, were the first people to give evidence to the Leveson Inquiry in person. They explained how the hacking of their daughter's phone had given them false hope that she was still alive. They are among some of the phone hacking victims now arriving to view Lord Justice Leveson's report ahead of its publication at 13:30 GMT.

     
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    1111: Transparency Int'lUK

    tweets: Press freedom is fundamental to the fight against corruption in many countries… #Leveson

     
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    1111: Doug Dalby, Stockton on Tees, UK

    emails: Self Regulation has failed over & over again. The Press can not be trusted and we should not expect any form of rules or regulation that is monitored and overseen by themselves to actually work. By it's very nature it is fatally flawed and does not/will not work!

    The only sensible and true way to put this matter to bed once and for all is with Independent Regulation backed up by Statute.

     
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    Given that there is a lot of confusion about what exactly is meant by statutory underpinning, in terms of press regulation, the BBC's legal correspondent Clive Coleman explains the different possible ways the press could be regulated.

     
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    Rebekah Brooks and Andy Coulson

    The relationship between politicians and the press came under close scrutiny during the Leveson Inquiry. In particular, the prime minister was grilled about his links with former senior News of the World executive Rebekah Brooks, and his hiring of former NoW editor Andy Coulson as head of communications for Downing Street. Look back at David Cameron's evidence to the inquiry here.

     
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    1132: Robert, North Yorkshire

    emails: I think there needs to be clearer guidance on what constitutes the "public interest" and what is therefore intrusion beyond this interest. And heavy punishments for going beyond this. Titillation is not interest.

    But there also needs to be a press that CAN investigate wrong doing by people who we have delegated power and responsibility to. And if this ability to investigate is curtailed beyond what is reasonable then I think we all lose out.

     
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    Newspapers are having their say today on what they want to see in terms of press regulation. In its editorial, the Mirror asks Mr Cameron if he wants to be the man who destroys the essence of free speech.

     
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    Jeremy Hunt

    During the Leveson Inquiry, former culture secretary Jeremy Hunt denied News Corporation - which owned the News of the World - had had influence within his office. It followed suggestions he and his aides had a close relationship with News Corp executive James Murdoch while the corporation was attempting to takeover the broadcaster BSkyB - a bid that Mr Hunt was overseeing.

     
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    Witnesses during eight months of hearings at the Leveson Inquiry included alleged victims of press intrusion, journalists, newspaper executives and proprietors, police, communications advisers and politicians. Read about and watch clips of ten key witnesses here.

     
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    1139: Liberal Democrats

    tweets: "I hope when Lord Justice #Leveson gives his statement later today, we will remember the reasons why this inquiry was set up" - @nick_clegg

     
  29.  
    1139: Tim Ross of the Daily Telegraph

    tweets: No 10 spokesman denies that the Coalition is "broken" as a result of rift between Cameron and Clegg on #leveson

     
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    1143: Breaking News

    A Downing Street spokeswoman has confirmed the prime minister will be making a statement on the Leveson report and the deputy prime minister is making a separate statement.

     
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    It's not only newspaper pundits who oppose legislation to regulate the press. Some 85 MPs and peers have signed a letter calling on Prime Minister David Cameron to resist any possible call from Lord Leveson for statutory regulation. London Mayor Boris Johnson, writingWriting in the Sun newspaper, says to pass a law controlling the media would be to go back on three centuries of press freedom.

     
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    Downing street

    A Downing Street spokeswoman confirms Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will make a separate statement on the Leveson report. She says: "Clearly it is a very large report and they are working through it now... We are in a coalition government and you can expect things to be done slightly differently."

     
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    1149: Niall Firinne, London

    emails: The Leveson inquiry seemed to me to be an over long, over expensive, over reaching and unnecessary circus.

     
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    1150: Chris Bates, Cradley Heath, West Midlands, UK

    emails: A censoring of the media would be a gross impingement on freedom of speech and freedom of the press, to principles this country has a proud history of maintaining. Therefore statutory guidance on the rules of defamation and invasions of privacy would be the best way to tackle the issue of what the media can and can't do.

     
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    A Downing Street spokeswoman says meetings involving coalition ministers about the Leveson report are ongoing. She says there is a lot to work through. Asked if the PM would be speaking for the whole government she says that would be made plain when the PM speaks.

     
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    1152: Mike, Manchester, UK

    emails: Unless the government takes the recommendations and implements them this was all a waste of tax payers' money.

     
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    The press has largely backed proposals from Lord Hunt, the head of the Press Complaints Commission, and Lord Black, chairman of the Press Standards Board of Finance, for a more robust version of the PCC - a self-regulatory system with "muscular powers". It is thought Prime Minister David Cameron will reject the Hunt-Black plan in favour of a more independent regulatory body.

     
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    1156: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    Aides to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg say his decision to make a separate statement on Leveson does not represent "a massive split or disagreement" within the coalition. Sources say Mr Clegg's distances with the prime minister over the Leveson report are "nuanced" and there are some areas on which the two men agree and others where they disagree.

     
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    1157: Tobias Haynes, Telford, UK

    emails: The press need to understand the fundamental constitutional concept of the Rule of Law- most specifically, that nobody is above the law. There needs to be a firm and clear legislative measure that puts to the press exactly where the line is that the law is crossed and stipulates the consequences.

     
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    1157: Summit TV (S Africa)

    tweets: Britain awaits crucial report on future of the press #UK #Leveson

     
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    1157: Al Jazeera English

    tweets: UK politics tense before Leveson report http://aje.me/SvwoGt

     
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    What does the public think of press regulation? According to three recent YouGov polls on Leveson-related matters, the public trust neither politicians nor journalists. They appear to reject self-regulation of the press but offer a spread of views on statutory regulation.

     
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    1203: Sally Bercow Wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons

    tweets: Leveson report is *2000* pages long! I guess Westminster Ryman's gonna do a roaring trade in printer cartridges today...

     
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    1204: Pauline Wills, Leicestershire

    emails: For years I have thought the press & media in general had too much power to say and do what they liked, with little consequence to them or conscience towards the people they slander. I believe in a free press but not free to lie about, slander, intrude on or destroy ordinary people's lives...

    I would like to see a politically free but publically run regulatory body with tough laws to fine or jail editors & individual journalists who flout these laws.

     
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    The police potentially face a landmark day as the Leveson report is published. According to the Guardian, the Metropolitan police has been formally warned it faces criticism over its handling of the phone-hacking scandal and its relationship with the media.

     
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    Kate McCann

    Kate McCann, the mother of missing girl Madeleine McCann, arrives to attend the release of the Leveson report. Mrs McCann and her husband Gerry told the Leveson Inquiry they were left distraught by press suggestions they were responsible for Madeleine's death.

     
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    1216: Stephen Simpson, Middlesbrough, UK

    emails: Journalists need to be subject to regulation just like every other body in a democratic society. If they are allowed to exist above any real law enforcement then we (the people) are subject to abuse. It is not beyond our democracy to enshrine freedom of the press, subject to the law.

     
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    1221: Robin Brant Political Correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: story clash - (vocal) climate change demonstrators taking over area outside leveson report venue. energy bill v leveson report.

     
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    1222: Peter, Norwich, UK

    emails: Press freedom is the most important element of democracy and despite some serious errors in editorial judgement, which I agree should be dealt with harshly, on a case by case basis, we tamper with it at our peril. We should proceed with care.

     
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    Rebekah Brooks

    Ex-News International boss, Rebekah Brooks, and Prime Minister David Cameron's former communications director, Andy Coulson, are today appearing in court with three others over alleged illegal payments to public officials. They both gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

     
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    The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press lasted 12 months, hearing from 378 people, speaking for 120 different organisations. Ahead of Lord Justice Leveson announcing his findings on Thursday, here are some highlights of the evidence presented to lead counsel Robert Jay QC.

     
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    1230: Louise Mensch former MP for Corby

    tweets: Is there any part of LEFT wing press - Mirror, Independent, Guardian, IoS, Observer - that supports state regulation?

     
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    1231: Zhukov45, Inverness

    emails: Clearly press self regulation has failed miserably. Freedom of the press has come to mean freedom to commit illegal acts and engage in criminal activities with impunity. An INDEPENDENT regulator with real teeth is now essential.

     
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    protesters

    A number of different campaigners gather outside the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London - where Lord Justice Leveson is due to release his report. One protester wears a giant mask of News Corporation boss Rupert Murdoch, while another wears a mask of Prime Minister David Cameron.

     
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    The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley, says MPs will be better informed by virtue of both Prime Minister David Cameron and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg making different statements on the Leveson report this afternoon.

     
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    Mr Lansley says both will be "ministerial statements on government policy". Mr Cameron is due to speak at 15:00 GMT and Mr Clegg at around 16:15 GMT.

     
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    Conservative MP, Peter Bone, says: "Later on today we are going to have I think what is a unique event - the deputy prime minister, whose main responsibility is to support the prime minister, is going to make a statement opposing the prime minister."

     
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    Lord Prescott

    Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, who received a £40,000 settlement over phone hacking, is at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in London for the release of the Leveson report.

     
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    Read "ten myths about press abuse," according to actor and phone-hacking victim Hugh Grant.

     
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    1248: Simon Hopkins, Tewkesbury, UK

    emails: It's vital there is; a right to privacy, reliable and demonstrable evidence behind stories, a right to prompt equal prominence reply, a free of charge complaints procedure and if upheld a free legal process all paid for by a newspaper industry levy and an end to abuse and bullying by the media.

     
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    Interested in finding out about the Leveson Inquiry in numbers? Here we look back at its scale, how many words were spoken, who appeared, and which of the key witnesses struggled to remember.

     
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    1249: Chris Reeve, Cambridge, UK

    emails: The Leveson Inquiry should conclude that it is in the best interest of the UK as a democratic society to keep the Press totally free. They are the ONLY check and balance on the political class and the financially powerful. We need our newspapers to flourish, rather than hurry along their demise due to more red tape, fines and regulation. A free press is one.

     
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    Shadow leader of the House Angela Eagle comments on Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's decision to make a separate statement on the Leveson report. She says: "What on earth is happening to collective responsibility? I see the play Yes, Prime Minister is leaving the Trafalgar Theatre to go on a UK tour, but with this government there will still be at least one farce running in Whitehall."

     
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    Lord Leveson

    Lord Justice Leveson is due to release his report on the culture, practices and ethics of the press at 13:30 GMT - here he is already inside the QEII Conference Centre, in central London.

     
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    Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond proposes an independent group, led by a current or former judge, be set up to take forward press standards in the wake of the Leveson report. Speaking during question time in the Scottish Parliament, Mr Salmond also said he wanted to agree the way ahead with the other political parties in Scotland.

     
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    Listen to BBC Radio 4's Claire Bolderson's profile of Lord Justice Leveson, the judge leading the inquiry into the phone hacking scandal and relationships between politicians, journalists and police officers.

     
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    Listen to BBC Radio 4's World at One programme live now - looking ahead to Lord Leveson's report.

     
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    1306: Neil, Guildford, UK

    emails: Let's start with papers being forced to print apologies and retractions on the front page not buried somewhere on page 8. No arguments, no excuse that there was an important major news headline. Front page apology.

     
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    1316: Penny, Somerset, UK

    emails: In an ideal world we would expect/trust journalists to respect individual privacy but this is not the world we live in, so we have to have external regulation. If or when journalists can demonstrate that they can be trusted to give that respect to private individuals, then maybe they will earn the right to self regulate again.

     
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    To find out more about supporters and opponents of state regulation of the press, read the Daily Telegraph's outline of positions taken by key individuals and groups in the run-up to Leveson report publication.

     
  71.  
    1317: Guido Fawkes, political blogger

    tweets: Bonkers thing about Leveson is the principle of state licencing a declining industry. New media knows no borders, won't pay any attention

     
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    The Leveson inquiry has resonance abroad too, with users on BBCRussian.com commenting. Mr Che in Russia says: "A healthy society doesn't need press regulations. Freedom of speech only makes it stronger. But an unhealthy society also can't benefit from censorship."

     
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    To recap, Lord Justice Leveson is about to release his report into the culture, practices and ethics of the press at 13:30 GMT. He will also make a statement on his recommendations at the QEII Conference Centre in London.

     
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    1320: Brenda Murphy, Heacham, Norfolk, UK

    emails: : I hope there will be no attempt to muzzle the freedom of the press. For all its faults the press has fearlessly revealed injustice and social wrong doing. May it continue to do so.

     
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    There are suggestions of a coalition split between Prime Minister David Cameron and his Liberal Democrat deputy Nick Clegg over how to respond to the report. They will make separate statements to the House of Commons at 15:00 GMT and 16:30 GMT respectively.

     
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    1325: Hacked Off Campaign group

    tweets: We're holding a Twitter Q&A after #Leveson's statement & the responses from the PM & Deputy PM.

     
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    The most controversial part of the debate surrounding Lord Justice Leveson's report is whether he will recommend future press regulation enshrined in law. You can read our full news story here.

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson

    Lord Justice Leveson is pictured with an executive summary of his report. Only minutes to go now before he announces his findings.

     
  79.  
    1327: Peter Jukes, writer

    tweets: Moody jazz music plays while we wait for Brian to take the stage #Leveson

     
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    1327: Sam Chadderton, reporter for The Lawyer

    tweets: @Collyer_Bristow team inc Dominic Crossley arrived on 2nd row. Bit like school assembly no-one wants to sit closest to headmaster #Leveson

     
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    1328:

    We're only a few minutes away now from the release of the Leveson report. The QEII Conference Centre is packed with people waiting to hear what recommendations the judge has come to after eight months of his public inquiry into press standards.

     
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    1331: Breaking News

    The Leveson report into press standards has recommended a tougher form of self-regulation backed by legislation. Lord Justice Leveson says the change will ensure press standards are upheld and protect the rights of people bringing complaints.

     
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    1332: Breaking News

    Lord Justice Leveson proposes the creation of an arbitration system to allow victims of the press to seek redress without having to go through the courts.

     
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    1333: Breaking News

    The report is critical of the relationship between politicians and press over the last two decades, saying it damaged the perception of public affairs.

     
  85.  
    1336:

    Lord Justice Leveson has just stepped up to make his statement at the QEII Conference Centre.

     
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    1337:

    Read our full news story on the Leveson report into press standards.

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson says his inquiry has been the most concentrated look at the press this country has ever seen, adding he is grateful to all who contributed.

     
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    1337: Peter Hunt BBC News

    Our correspondent tells BBC Radio Four's World at One that the report makes clear Jeremy Hunt was not "a cheerleader for News Corporation" while he was overseeing the BSkyB bid when he was culture secretary. Lord Justice Leveson ruled that Mr Hunt put "robust systems" in place in his quasi-judicial role.

     
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    1339: Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    says Jeremy Hunt will be a very happy man when he reads this report.

     
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    1340: Jim Roberts of the New York Times

    tweets: #Leveson proposes creation of arbitration system so victims of press can seek redress without the courts. http://bbc.in/11iignY

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson says the press holds a privileged and powerful place as defender of democracy and the public interest. Unfortunately he says, some responsibilities have been ignored. Newspapers have wreaked havoc with the lives of the innocent and the press has at times ignored its own code of conduct.

     
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    1343:
    Lord Justice Leveson

    Lord Justice Leveson, delivering his speech, says press freedom should not be jeopardised. All of the British press serves the country very well "for the majority of the time", he adds.

     
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    1343:

    Lord Justice Leveson says there must be change in press regulation.

     
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    1343:

    A downloadable copy of the report will be available shortly on the Leveson Inquiry website.

     
  95.  
    1343: Nick Francis, feature writer for The Sun

    tweets: Rarely is the newsroom so hushed #leveson

     
  96.  
    1344: Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: "Press behaviour "outrageous." Politicians "too close" and ignored public concern but "no evidence" of Cameron/Murdoch deal. #leveson"

     
  97.  
    1345: Nick Robinson Political editor

    adds via Twitter: "Question now - will parliament defeat PM or will he persuade the press to beef up their plans and see off #leveson plans? Blog soon."

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson says law enforcement can never be the whole answer.

     
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    He is advocating a new form of self regulation, organised by the industry, but with sufficient involvement of outsiders.

     
  100.  
    1346: Simon Bates, writer and director

    tweets: To whoever wrote the #Leveson speech/exec summ: bravo!

     
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    Leveson is addressing the proposal put forward Lord Black and Lord Hunt - who run the current press regulation system - he says their model of a more robust self regulatory body does not come close to regulation genuinely independent from the industry it regulates and from political involvement. It is still the industry marking its own homework, he says.

     
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    1349: Andrew Neil, BBC presenter

    tweets: Leveson wants Ofcom to have role in press regulation. That will cause a row!

     
  103.  
    1349: Nick Robinson Political editor

    tells the World at One: "He [Leveson] is trying to bridge the gap between those people who want self regulation and those who want state regulation. Leveson has proposed independent self regulation, underpinned by the law."

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson says it is not his role to establish a new press code or decide how an independent regulatory body would go about its business.

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson says new legislation is necessary only for the narrow purpose of recognising a new independent self-regulatory system. It would be for the press itself to organise the body. The law would enshrine a legal duty on the government to protect the freedom of the press. It would also provide new and tangible benefits for the press.

     
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    In order for this to work the body has to be backed by legislation, which would validate its independent processes, and create an arbitration system through which people who say they've been victims of the press can seek redress without having to go through the courts.

     
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    Political reaction from Conservative MP Brooks Newmark on the World at One: "I think overall the Leveson report is a vindication of the way the PM has handled things. It says we are giving you [the press] a second chance... It is important this independent body has the public confidence and is truly independent."

     
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    1355:

    Turning to the relationship between the press and police, Lord Justice Leveson says the report has been limited by ongoing police investigations, but he has not seen any evidence to suggest widespread corruption.

     
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    His report criticises the links between the press and politicians. The extent to which politicians are lobbied by the press should be transparent and open.

     
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    He says day to day relations between press and politicians "are in robust good health" but the relationship has in some circumstances become too close.

     
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    Hacking victim Mary-Ellen Field, sacked as a former adviser to supermodel Elle MacPherson, tells the World at One: "I never felt that Lord Justice Leveson was on a witch-hunt against journalists. Why should print journalists be the only people who can mark their own homework? I quite like what he [Leveson] has suggested... He's suggested the industry gets together now and works out a way to do it."

     
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    1400:

    Lord Justice Leveson says he will be making no further comments and the report can speak for itself. The ball moves back into the politicians' court - they now must decide who guards the guardians.

     
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    The report has now been published on the Leveson Inquiry website.

     
  114.  
    1402: Oliver Ward, Rotherham, UK

    emails: Disgusted with findings, independent regulation is needed to prevent another crisis like this. Regulation needs a tough independent body.

     
  115.  
    1406: Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    says Lord Justice Leveson had said the plan put forward by the press was simply not good enough and that it was essential there should be legislation to back up the new regulator. Our correspondent says what he cannot see is what would happen if a newspaper or a magazine turned around and said "I'm not playing".

     
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    Lord Justice Leveson suggests media watchdog Ofcom could be a backstop regulator - if so this would be a big change for the papers.

     
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    1407:

    Simon Kelner, former editor of the Independent, responding to the report, tells BBC Radio Five Live: "I think it was strident... A very confident presentation of his [Leveson] views... I think the newspapers now have an opportunity now to rebuild trust with the public... If they take on board the recommendations of the report."

     
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    1408: Martin Chambers, Broxbourne, UK

    emails: Give individuals more rights to prosecute and larger compensation if lies are told or privacy invaded - not another regulatory body full of dignitaries.

     
  119.  
    1409: Nick Robinson Political editor

    Read Nick's assessment of what is next for Prime Minister David Cameron.

     
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    1409: Aaron James, Bodmin, Cornwall, UK

    emails: It's worth pointing out that TV and Radio are regulated by OFCOM- and must remain politically neutral. So why should our "beloved" newspapers be any different? Either one standard for all press- or none for all.

     
  121.  
    1410:

    Chris Blackhurst, editor of the Independent: "It goes about half-way to what we wanted. Ideally we would not have wanted statute at all... What we wanted was entirely independent self-regulation. Now, he's sort of gone for that but he's saying he doesn't trust us, the press, to administer that, to decide what independence means. That independence test will be left to MPs."

     
  122.  
    1412: UnlockDemocracy, campaign group

    tweets: In his statement, #Leveson stressed the importance of lobbying transparency. Would it surprise any of you to know we agree?

     
  123.  
    1413:
    Lord Hunt

    Press Complaints Commission chief Lord Hunt says we do now have to make a fresh start with a new body adding he will try now to achieve this. He says this is a great opportunity.

     
  124.  
    1414:

    Chris Blackhurst, editor of the Independent, says: "Quite a lot of newspapers haven't done anything at all, mine being one of them, and we do feel very sore about that. Is it only a few and because of the bad behaviour of the few the rest of us will have to suffer."

     
  125.  
    1414: Jerome Taylor of The Independent

    tweets: Scene inside @Independent newsroom as #Leveson unveils his findings, all eyes glued to TV screens http://twitpic.com/bhhqxc

     
  126.  
    1415:
    max mosley

    Ex-motorsport boss Max Mosley says no responsible politician could allow the current system to continue. He would be astonished if they do not implement the report.

     
  127.  
    1416:

    Kabogere Robert tells BBC Swahili: "I personally would love to see a free and independent media because this has proved elusive in my country, Uganda."

     
  128.  
    1420: David Cameron, Prime Minister

    tweets: I'll be responding to Lord Justice #Leveson at 3pm - giving a clear sense of direction.

     
  129.  
    1420:

    Lord Justice Leveson said newspapers had wreaked havoc with people's lives.

     
  130.  
    1421: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: "Paragraph 80: #Leveson criticises the actions of former Asst Commissioner of the Met, John Yates, over his relationship with NOTW."

     
  131.  
    1422:

    Former culture secretary and Labour MP Ben Bradshaw: "I am sure the Labour party and the Lib Dems would be about to support this. The ball is firmly in the Prime Minister's court."

     
  132.  
    1423: Hacked Off campaign group

    tweets: Jacqui Hames is about to make a statement responding to Leveson's report on behalf of victims of press abuse.

     
  133.  
    1425: Dominic Casciani Home affairs correspondent

    tweets: On politicians, he [Lord Justice Leveson] says that the relationship between some and the press became too close over last three decades

     
  134.  
    1426:

    Ben Bradshaw MP tells BBC Radio Five Live: "The crucial question for me is how does the PM respond to this report... He commissioned this report and said he would implement the report unless it was bonkers."

     
  135.  
    1427:

    The key question MPs will be trying to understand is what Lord Justice Leveson meant by saying it would not be fair to describe what he proposes as statutory regulation. He said it was a statutory process to underpin a regulatory body.

     
  136.  
    1428:

    Hacked Off are now making a statement outside QEII Conference Centre. The group welcomes the report and urges politicians to implement the changes recommended.

     
  137.  
    1430: Sasha, Rainham, Kent, UK

    emails: Some people are saying a free press is a democratic right, and necessary to keep politicians in check. I'd beg to differ and say a free and responsible press is needed. There needs to be some consequence for the powerful media when they over-step their boundaries.

     
  138.  
    1431:
    Jacqui Hames

    Jacqui Hames, from Hacked Off, says: "These proposals are reasonable and proportionate. The press must be given a deadline. The inquiry is over, now is the time for action."

     
  139.  
    1431:

    Although Lord Justice Leveson does not find any evidence of widespread police corruption in relation to the press, he criticises the actions of former Assistant Commissioner of the Met, John Yates, over his relationship with the News of the World.

     
  140.  
    1435: Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: "#Leveson: Evidence doesn't establish anything resembling a deal between News Int and Cameron."

     
  141.  
    1443: Alastair Campbell Former Number 10 communications chief

    says there is unlikely to be agreement within all the parties and across all the parties on the recommendations. But he says the independent self regulation of the press is "clever, sensible, appropriate, measured." He says if David Cameron decides not to follow the recommendations, it would be a "terrible defining moment" for him.

     
  142.  
    1443: Nick de Bois, Conservative MP for Enfield North

    tweets: I find it hard to believe we are seriously considering opening the door to state regulation of the press.

     
  143.  
    1444:
    David Cameron

    Prime Minister David Cameron has left 10 Downing Street to address the Commons following the release of the Leveson report. He is due to speak at 15:00 GMT

     
  144.  
    1444: John Prescott, Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Deputy Prime Minister

    tweets: Happy #Leveson has accepted my recommendations for independent voluntary regulator with teeth but will press sign up? http://bit.ly/Ytpt5z

     
  145.  
    1445:

    Editor of PoliticsHome.com, Paul Waugh, tweets: "Lawyer for hacking victims says he likes Leveson idea of a 'failsafe backstop regulator like Ofcom'. That's precisely the bit papers fear."

     
  146.  
    1446:

    Phone-hacking victims' lawyer Dominic Crossley thanks victims for their courage in giving evidence to the Leveson Inquiry.

     
  147.  
    1447: Sally Bercow Wife of the Speaker of the House of Commons

    tweets: "Bit underwhelmed by Leveson tbh. What's the point having a self-regulatory body if media not obliged to join it?"

     
  148.  
    1447: Mike Kettlewell, Over Norton, UK

    emails: Lord Justice Leveson's report sounds reasonable and proportional, considering the egregious behaviour of much of the press and the weakness of previous 'regulators', while guaranteeing freedom of speech.

     
  149.  
    1452:

    Nick Pickles, director of privacy and civil liberties campaign group Big Brother Watch, said: "If Parliament votes on the press, the press isn't free. To split hairs between statutory underpinning and statutory regulation is not an acceptable distinction in a free and democratic country."

     
  150.  
    1452:
    Chris Bryant MP

    Labour MP Chris Bryant poses with copies of the 2,000 page long Leveson report outside the QEII conference centre. He earlier praised Lord Justice Leveson's "impressive" speech.

     
  151.  
    1453:

    Now, as Lord Justice Leveson says, the ball is in the court of the politicians. We're waiting to hear from Prime Minister David Cameron who will address the House of Commons in ten minutes at 15:00 GMT. His deputy Nick Clegg will later make a separate statement.

     
  152.  
    1453: Andrew Neil, BBC presenter

    tweets: Indications that Cameron preparing a robust response to #leveson at 3pm.

     
  153.  
    1455:

    The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press has published its report. See our at-a-glance for some of the key points:

     
  154.  
    1455: Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News
    Leveson report

    tweets: The #Leveson report. Substantial is the word

     
  155.  
    1502:

    David Cameron is under way in the Commons. He starts by explaining why he established the Leveson Inquiry and thanks Sir Brian Leveson for his diligence.

     
  156.  
    1503: Kevin Ward, Newport, Wales

    emails: As a regional daily newspaper editor, I am hugely disappointed that Leveson did not refer to the regional press or draw a distinction between the national and regional press. He says the press ignored the Code of Conduct. We didn't. He says the press behaved outrageously. We didn't. He says the press ignored its responsibilities. We didn't. I, and many other regional newspaper editors, are angry that we have been tarred with the same brush as those on national newspapers who committed criminal acts.

     
  157.  
    1504: Paul Stevenson, Longhope, UK

    emails: Self-Regulation does not work. It hasn't in the past with the press so why should the Leveson Report change its behavior: too many vested interests. An independent body with legal status and powers to inflict punitive punishment on the media is the only way to stop this saga happening again and it will.

     
  158.  
    1504:

    David Cameron on the relationship between the press and politicians: "Too close a relationship" has developed between press and politicians. He adds: "This is the first government ever to publish details on meetings with newspapers proprietors."

     
  159.  
    1506: Sixp

    comments: This seems to propose the bare minimum of what is acceptable to address the problem. The Government has to implement this in full - no changes. Cameron, Hunt and the police have got off very lightly, as have politicians in general. To this end I find it somewhat of a whitewash...

     
  160.  
    1507: Breaking News

    David Cameron on Jeremy Hunt: Report rejects wrongdoing by the government around the BSKyB bid, with "no credible evidence of bias". Must learn lessons around quasi-judicial processes. "We were right to stand by him."

     
  161.  
    1509:

    David Cameron agrees with Lord Justice Leveson that current proposals on press self-regulation "don't go far enough".

     
  162.  
    1510: Breaking News

    The PM accepts principles of independent regulation of the press. "I hope the whole House will come in behind them and the onus will be on the press to implement them."

     
  163.  
    1511:
    David Cameron

    Mr Cameron cautions against any legislation that has the potential to infringe a free press.

     
  164.  
    1512: Breaking News

    David Cameron: "The status quo is not an option. We should be determined to see Lord Justice Leveson's principles implemented."

     
  165.  
    1514:

     
  166.  
    1515:

    Deputy PM will join Mr Cameron in cross-party talks straight after he is finished in the House of Commons.

     
  167.  
    Andrew Neil, BBC Presenter

    tweets: Cameron has big reservations about statutory underpinning. Told you he'd be robust #leveson

     
  168.  
    1515: Breaking News

    Labour leader Ed Miliband: "Easy to forget, but without the revelations last summer [from the Dowler family] we would not be here today."

     
  169.  
    1516:

    Ed Miliband: "I do not want to live in a country where families are torn apart for profit."

     
  170.  
    Michael White of the Guardian

    tweets: #Leveson Cameron's crafty both-ways statement calls closing time in Last Chance Saloon, but gives the lads time to drink up pints on bar

     
  171.  
    1516:

    Ed Miliband insists Parliament should "put its faith" in the recommendations of Lord Justice Leveson, and said he was sorry the prime minister was "not quite there".

     
  172.  
    Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Cameron: serious misgivings about #Leveson proposal for law

     
  173.  
    1520:
    Ed Miliband

    Labour leader Mr Miliband says he hopes to convince the prime minister to accept the Leveson recommendations.

     
  174.  
    1520:

    Ed Miliband says his party believes Lord Justice Leveson's conclusions are "measured and proportionate".

     
  175.  
    1511:

    Mr Cameron said he accepted Leveson's principles for regulation, and that the onus was now on the press "to implement them, and implement them radically".

     
  176.  
    David Wyn Davies, Amlwch, Isle of Anglesey, UK

    emails: As someone who felt the full force of the power of the media back in 2000, and who spent the next 10 years recovering from the trauma, this country's archaic media laws need updating to counteract that power and to provide remedies to ordinary people who currently have no recourse. I did not expect much from the Leveson inquiry and everything I've heard so far has been nothing but hot air.

     
  177.  
    1522:

    Ed Miliband welcomes the PM's offer of cross-party talks on the implementation of Lord Leveson's conclusions. He wants a swift timetable on the implementation of the proposals. By the end of January next year, the Labour leader wants the House to have endorsed the Leveson scheme.

     
  178.  
    1524:

    David Cameron responds to Ed Miliband. Insists the real independence of a new regulatory system needs to be demonstrated.

     
  179.  
    Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: #leveson made simple. Judge - new law needed. Ed M - measured, reasonable & proportionate. PM - opposed on principle, practice, necessity.

     
  180.  
    1527:

    Just to recap on David Cameron's speech to the House. He says he has "serious concerns and misgivings" about the statutory underpinning suggestion from Leveson on the grounds of principle, practicality and necessity. It would for the first time "cross the Rubicon" of writing elements of press regulation into the law. It had the potential to "infringe free speech", he warned.

     
  181.  
    Andrew Neil ‏ BBC Daily Politics presenter

    tweets: The political gulf over #leveson begins. Cameron against statutory regulation. Miliband in favour.

     
  182.  
    AngusBMacNeilMP, SNP MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar

    tweets: Vince Cable nodding at everything Ed Milliband says on #Leveson .. The PM may yet be a marginal figure on this issue.

     
  183.  
    1529:

    Responding to a question from Labour MP Jack Straw - the PM says Lord Justice Leveson wants strong, independent regulation, which is very different to statutory regulation.

     
  184.  
    1532:
    Jack Straw

    Labour MP Jack Straw said on press regulation: "It is not possible to deliver the independence and enforcement without the overarching form of statutory backing" to which David Cameron replied that Lord Justice Leveson did not want statutory regulation and neither did he.

     
  185.  
    1534:

    Going back to the PM's comments on Jeremy Hunt, the ex-culture secretary who oversaw the BSkyB bid, he said the criticisms were "emphatically rejected" by Lord Justice Leveson. He added he was "instinctively concerned" by proposed changes to the Data Protection Act that would reduce the special treatment journalists were afforded when dealing with personal data.

     
  186.  
    1534:

    John Whittingdale, chairman of the Commons media select committee, says there is "universal agreement" on a strong new regulator, but adds Parliament needs to consider statutory underpinning "very carefully".

     
  187.  
    Paul, Wiltshire, UK

    emails: Although I welcome the Leveson report and it's recommendations, I am not convinced it's enough, but may be a step in the right direction. Will setting up an independent self regulatory body actually stop phone hacking and various other questionable practices happening anyway? I can't help believing that when a "controversial" story is ready to go to press, editors are already calculating the likely compensation their papers would have to pay out in court and match it to the likely income from publication. Then they decide to print or not!

     
  188.  
    Tom Brake, Liberal Democrat MP for Carshalton and Wallington

    tweets: The cosy relationship between politicians and the press needs to end so that the press are free to hold politicians to account. #leveson

     
  189.  
    Richard, Reading, UK

    emails: Does a free press and independent regulation have to be mutually exclusive? Surely what we all want and deserve is a news culture of honesty and integrity that we can believe in.

     
  190.  
    1540:

    To find out all the latest about the Leveson report, have a look at our special report which pulls together all the latest backgrounders, Q&As, features and analysis.

     
  191.  
    Alastair Campbell

    tweets: Hope someone asks Cameron which of Leveson proposals are bonkers. None. Pitiful response of a weak leader putting own interests before UK

     
  192.  
    1540:

    While MPs debate further, a reminder of what David Cameron said regarding his party's relationship with News International: "During the course of this inquiry, a number of serious allegations were made and I want to deal with them directly. First, that my party struck a deal with News International. This is an allegation that was repeated again and again on the floor of this House and at the inquiry itself. Lord Justice Leveson looked at this in detail and rejects the allegation emphatically."

     
  193.  
    1541:

    Labour is urging people to back its calls for the recommendations of the Leveson Inquiry to be fully implemented.

     
  194.  
    1543:

    You can read the full four volumes of the report on the Leveson Inquiry website.

     
  195.  
    Sibbwolfm Southampton, UK

    emails: Cameron is right to be cautious, but he should be clear: Leveson's report should be the basis on which we move forward. Right now, it doesn't come across as caution, but cowardice.

     
  196.  
    Kate, London

    emails: Why are we all being tarred with the same brush? I'm a national newspaper journalist and take my responsibilities in that role very seriously indeed. Let's not pretend that every industry doesn't have its rogue and criminal elements, but I remain proud to be part of an army of professional journalists that provide legally researched, balanced and unbiased content day in, day out despite tough times politically and financially.

     
  197.  
    1545:

    Theresa Coffey MP has raised the Jeremy Hunt issue again. Here's what David Cameron said about him earlier: "My Right Honourable Friend put in place robust systems to ensure that the remaining stages of the bid would be handled with fairness, impartiality and transparency. Indeed, Lord Justice Leveson goes further, concluding that my Right Honourable Friend's, and I quote, extensive reliance on external advice was a wise and effective means of helping him to keep to the statutory test and he concludes there is no credible evidence of actual bias."

     
  198.  
    1545:

    David Cameron says any new independent regulator "needs to be able to levy fines and insist on apologies".

     
  199.  
    Pete Brant, Worthing, UK

    emails: So, the answer to failed self regulation, is more self regulation. What an absolute waste of time and money. The press will now appoint a new PCC, with rules that they will decide.

     
  200.  
    John Prescott, Former Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and UK Deputy Prime Minister

    tweets: Did Cameron just mention the importance of 'front page apologies?' I'm sure Dacre will love that! #Leveson

     
  201.  
    1549:

    "This is not about Milly Dowler - it's a battle for power and Leveson has picked his side," writes Dan Hodges in his Daily Telegraph blog.

     
  202.  
    1550:

    Mark Lewis, the solicitor for the family of Milly Dowler, told the BBC earlier: "They are hopeful that this will lead to some proper independent regulation of the press, by the press but by other people as well, not by the government. To ensure that things, that this, what happened to them, doesn't happen again."

     
  203.  
    Michael White of the Guardian

    tweets: #Leveson Tory MPs demand Labour apologies to J Hunt because Lev says he didn't do Murdoch/Sky deal. Not sure JH wd be wise to press point

     
  204.  
    Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Measured response from the Pm but clear message to the press 'help me avoid a new law by better regulating yourselves'

     
  205.  
    1554:

    In the wake of the Leveson announcement, Heiko Birth in Aracaju, Brazil, tells BBC Brasil: "The press must be regulated, but as Lord Justice Leveson said, the government cannot in any way have a part in that."

     
  206.  
    1554:

    We are still waiting for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg to make his own statement to the House.

     
  207.  
    1558: Norman Smith Chief political correspondent, BBC News Channel

    Speaking to BBC news, our correspondent says: "Reaching a cross party consensus is going to be difficult."

     
  208.  
    1605:

    David Cameron was faced with a barrage of questions from fellow MPs. Among them, former Culture Secretary and ex-BBC journalist Ben Bradshaw, who questioned whether any new body "can prevent a newspaper group simply walking away or ignoring the new body's findings" without statutory underpinning. The PM replied: "Lord Justice Leveson does not himself have an answer to that question."

     
  209.  
    1607:

    A quick recap on some elements of David Cameron's speech:

    • Legislation needed to ensure self regulation
    • Editors must no longer judge their own work
    • Newspapers had wreaked havoc on the innocent
    • Politicians have been criticised for relationship with the press
     
  210.  

    Editor of PoliticsHome.com, Paul Waugh, tweets: "No. 10 says there will be meeting of PM Ed M and Clegg immediately after the Leveson statement."

     
  211.  
    1607:

    "For editors, publishers and - not least - newspaper proprietors, this is a damning report." Read BBC media correspondent Torin Douglas's blog on the Leveson report.

     
  212.  
    Waynebb

    comments: I have worked in many countries and know how precious a strong and free media is. With that freedom though comes responsibility and too often some elements of the media have crossed that line;as L Leveson says, innocent people have been hurt. We have to ensure that that line is not crossed whilst allowing the media the freedom to investigate when they can do a fine job - e.g. with MPs expenses.

     
  213.  
    1611:

    The Lib Dem president, Tim Farron, caused titters from fellow MPs with his comment: "We are not being asked by Leveson to cross a Rubicon, barely even a rug."

     
  214.  
    1611:

    During the Commons debate, the PM raised questions about the suitability of giving Ofcom a statutory role - pointing out that its chair was appointed by the culture secretary. "Ofcom is already a very powerful regulatory body and we should be trying to reduce concentrations of power rather than increase them."

     
  215.  
    Nigel, Derby, UK

    emails: Its obvious that the prime minster does not grasp the problem, he keeps banging on about apologies and fines when surely the point is stopping the behaviour that leads to that being necessary!

     
  216.  
    1612: Clive

    comments: Despite the attempt at disguising it Leveson is calling for the State to 'regulate' the press, e.g. for government control of the newspapers. This is not acceptable in a free society. We don't need new laws to restrict press freedom - what some of the papers did broke the ordinary law and they should be punished for that - but don't make this an excuse for a press gag.

     
  217.  
    1614:
    Number 10

    You can now read back what David Cameron said in the Commons in his statement in full here:

     
  218.  
    1616:

    Phil Hall, former News of the World editor, tells BBC 5 live Drive he agrees with the PM that a new law may not be absolutely necessary. He adds: "The buck has to stop with the editors."

     
  219.  
    1617: Breaking News

    Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is making his statement to the House. He says cross-party talks "must establish an early and clear timetable [for change]... so the momentum is not lost".

     
  220.  
    1618:
    Nick Clegg

    Nick Clegg: "I have always said I will support Lord Justice Leveson's proposals if they were proportionate and workable."

     
  221.  

    Nick Clegg: "I have always said I will support Lord Justice Leveson's proposals if they were proportionate and workable."

     
  222.  
    Joe, London

    emails: Cameron very statesman-like today, could have gone with the easy route but decided to defend freedoms and liberties. Very impressed with him.

     
  223.  
    Simon Barnes in Bath

    Interesting that the Conservative party seems to now be more liberal than Clegg's Lib Dems #leveson

     
  224.  
    Ross Hawkins Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Clegg echoes Cameron concern about #Leveson data protection and Ofcom proposals

     
  225.  
    1621: Breaking News

    Changing the law is the only way to ensure the new regulator of the press is independent for good, says Nick Clegg.

     
  226.  
    1621:

    The deputy PM understands the "entirely legitimate reasons" why some members of the house are wary of statutory legislation.

     
  227.  
    Nick Robinson Political editor

    tweets: PM & DPM smile as they swap seats so Clegg can give his statement. Tory MP observed that last time happened - 1932 - govt fell 4 days later

     
  228.  
    1622:

    Nick Clegg: "It's the status quo which has allowed the cosy relationship between the media and politicians to continue."

     
  229.  
    Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Labour say if no agreement they will put leveson recommendations to a vote in jan. but non binding if they win #leveson

     
  230.  
    1623:

    Nick Clegg: "Neither I nor anyone can be certain how the proposals will look, until we have worked them up in detail."

     
  231.  
    1623:

    "The absolute worst outcome in all of this would be for nothing to happen at all," Mr Clegg says.

     
  232.  
    Dianne Abbott, MP for Hackney North and Stoke Newington

    tweets: Jeremy Hunt looks on nervously as Clegg makes #leveson statement. Cameron sits beside Clegg patient & polite.

     
  233.  
    1624: Breaking News

    Nick Clegg says "pure self-regulation" of the press has failed over the past 60 years. He calls for action now.

     
  234.  
    Alex Harris in Kingston-upon-Thames

    tweets: The first grown up statement made all day courtesy of @nick_clegg #Leveson

     
  235.  
    1628:

    Harriet Harman, deputy Labour leader, asks Nick Clegg whether he will side with Labour over the implementation of a time-frame of any new legislation and adds "will he assure the House he will not kick this into the long grass?".

     
  236.  
    Ben Rathe

    tweets: Harman basically just said #iagreewithNick. Ladies and gents, welcome to the twilight zone. #Leveson

     
  237.  
    1629:

    Nick Clegg responds to Harriet Harman: "I have no problem with a speedy timetable... the long grass is the last place this problem should end up."

     
  238.  
    Tim Coulson MBE, Henley-on-Thames

    emails: The Prime Minister speaks for himself and not for me and my family. As a seriously injured survivor of the 7/7 bombings at Edgware Road it has been a long road to recovery and the attitude of the press has been extremely poor with no regulation to protect the vulnerable. It's not about fines for the guilty but prevention in the first place.

     
  239.  
    James Shaddock in Portsmouth

    tweets: As long as Ofcom, who are frankly more censor than regulator, are kept away from it, I see nothing much wrong with #Leveson recommendations

     
  240.  
    1631: Breaking News
    harriet harman

    Labour's deputy leader Harriet Harman says a strong press must be a clean press. She asks if the deputy prime minister agrees that "what the prime minister said amounts to nothing more than a craven acceptance of the status quo - if the prime minister does not think again he will have surrendered to powerful press interests and betrayed the victims".

     
  241.  
    1633:

    The Association of Chief Police Officers (Acpo) issues a response to the Leveson report. Chief Constable Andy Trotter says: "Police should have a professional, open and transparent relationship with the public and the media. The media can provide a vital role in communicating with the public, helping society to solve crime, and holding public institutions to account."

     
  242.  
    1633:

    He goes on: "Since the announcement of Lord Justice Leveson's Inquiry, the police service has responded positively and proactively to the concerns which led to the setting up of the inquiry. However, we need to ensure that the public is in no doubt that the police service operates to the highest standards of integrity."

     
  243.  
    1634:

    And finally: "Therefore we will now consider these recommendations carefully. Following Lord Justice Leveson's report, we will build upon our interim guidance to give clear direction to officers and staff at all levels about the professionalism required of them."

     
  244.  
    1634:

    Nick Clegg concluded: "Nothing I have seen so far in this debate suggests to me we will find a better solution than the one which has been proposed... We need to get on with this without delay. We owe it to the victims of these scandals, who have already waited too long for us to do the right thing."

     
  245.  
    1635:

    The key elements of Deputy PM Nick Clegg's response:

    • Supports self regulation enshrined in law
    • Free press doesn't mean free to abuse bereaved
    • Concerned about data protection advice
     
  246.  
    Jack Thompson

    tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay Is press liberty more important than personal liberty? NotW didn't respect those liberties...

     
  247.  
    1642:

    The Metropolitan Police ha in response to the Leveson report in which they accept "there were failings about implementing a workable victim strategy" relating to its original phone-hacking investigation in 2006. It adds: "Likewise, the decision not to subsequently reopen the investigation was taken too quickly and with a defensive mindset."

     
  248.  
    1643:

    BBC Radio 4's Media Show has put together its six best Leveson editions in a collection here. You can also listen to a special edition of the programme this Friday, which will examine the Leveson report's findings.

     
  249.  
    James in London

    tweets: Dear ? please explain how Mr Clegg is leader of the LIBERAL party when he wants state regulation of the press. Does not compute #leveson

     
  250.  
    1645:

    A press conference by campaign group Hacked Off is under way. Speakers are Joan Smith, (journalist, writer and hacking victim), Jacqui Hames (former Crimewatch presenter hacked by elements of the press), Professor Brian Cathcart, (director of Hacked Off), Mark Lewis (media solicitor), Jane Winter (target of illegal activity around misuse of computers).

     
  251.  
    Mangala Solaris

    tweets: @bbc_haveyoursay #leveson ignored fact that as people read these rags & want celeb stories the rags will stoop low. culture needs changing

     
  252.  
    1646:

    Jacqui Hames of Hacked Off: "It does all start to fall apart without the underpinning recommendation... It is extremely depressing."

     
  253.  
    Neil Monnery in Thorpe Bay, Essex

    tweets: If I had a pound for every time I had heard the word 'rubicon' today I'd be buying a plane ticket to the Seychelles #levesonNeil Monnery

     
  254.  
    Just Mick in South Yorkshire

    tweets: I'm pleasantly surprised that Clegg has found his voice on #Leveson. He has looked like a broken man since submitting on tuition fee issue

     
  255.  
    1652:

    Hacked Off member Ed Blum: "I think David Cameron's statement today has let down the victims... The British public will know that the slippery slope to self-regulation has let them down as well."

     
  256.  
    1653:

    Hacked Off director Professor Brian Cathcart: "We hope that in the coming cross-party talks, he [David Cameron] can be persuaded to change his mind. We urge the other party leaders to practise their persuasive arts on him. This is a very important moment."

     
  257.  
    1653:
    Panel of hacked off campaign

    Hacked Off have requested a meeting with David Cameron to see if his mind can be changed regarding the statutory underpinning of the independent regulator.

     
  258.  
    1654:

    When asked why the legal underpinning of regulation was important, Professor Cathcart says: "This is a measure designed to ensure the self-regulator abides by certain standards... if you don't have that body, what you have is the PCC."

     
  259.  
    Max Tonkin

    tweets: State regulation backed by law! It may happen, Government won't want to upset anybody with anything controversial. Good result. #Leveson

     
  260.  
    Nick Owens

    tweets: Hacked Off press conference cut short to go to Danny Nightingale - free to spend Xmas with his kids thanks to a media campaign.

     
  261.  
    1657:

    Read Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg's Leveson statement to the House of Commons in full on the Liberal Democrat

     
  262.  
    1658:

    Mark Lewis, solicitor for some of the phone-hacking victims, says he has spoken to some of his clients and "they feel they have been let down". He adds: "Because it's a voluntary system, people can pull out of it so quickly."

     
  263.  
    Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Cons backbencher Peter bone calls on nick Clegg to resign for breaking collective cabinet responsibility #leveson

     
  264.  
    Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: Nick Clegg tells cons backbenchers to be grown up about coalition and reminds them neither party won the election #leveson

     
  265.  
    Iain Watson Political correspondent, BBC News

    tweets: "Cons MP Zac goldsmith calls for a free vote on #leveson."

     
  266.  
    1703: Gary O'Donoghue Political correspondent, BBC News

    analyses the which essentially "boils down to this: To legislate or not to legislate."

     
  267.  
    Nurul Liyana Yeo in Sheffield

    tweets: it's forgotten that the very root of #Leveson stems from journalism. was it not a a journalist who uncovered the whole phonehacking scandal?

     
  268.  
    1704:

    Hacked Off campaign director Professor Cathcart claims Lord Justice Leveson has done his job well - but that David Cameron has not: "His failure to accept the full recommendations of the report is unfortunate and regrettable. Despite their years of abuses and outrageous conduct, it seems that the prime minister still trusts the editors and proprietors to behave themselves. It seems that the prime minister wants self-regulation all over again."

     
  269.  
    1710:

    We've been bringing you minute-by-minute reaction all afternoon, but if you want to know what the wider media thinks, we've summarised it for you here.

     
  270.  
    Polly in Cheltenham

    tweets: Not the real whopping Wapping deserved. Tougher fines should be considered. The #Leveson recommendations for this aren't enough.

     
  271.  
    1711:

    The deputy PM has summarised his position in a tweet: "We need to get on with this without delay. We owe it to the victims of these scandals, who have already waited too long #Leveson."

     
  272.  
    1711:

    With the debate at the House of Commons over, cross-party talks between David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg have begun. A reminder, if you want to read the Leveson report for yourself, it is published in sections on the inquiry website.

     
  273.  
    1714:

    The Hacked Off campaign is holding a Twitter Q&A session from 17:30 GMT, for any members of the public with questions.

     
  274.  
    1724:

    Simon Hughes MP - deputy leader of the Lib Dems - says his party shares Lord Justice Leveson's view that a statutory underpinning "is essential". But the MP is "hopeful" the PM can be persuaded to rethink his view. He does concede that Mr Cameron "has a difficult job" to pull his party together on the issue of new legislation.

     
  275.  
    1726:

    BBC News Channel chief political correspondent Norman Smith says the "two key dividing lines" over the Leveson report are whether there should be legislation to back up reformed regulation of the press and the timetable for implementation of any changes.

     
  276.  
    1728:

    Labour and the Lib Dems want changes implemented swiftly but David Cameron wants Parliament to take its time because this is such a big step, our correspondent adds.

     
  277.  
    1729:

    Defence Secretary Philip Hammond tells Sky News he supports the PM's view that any new legislation around press regulation needs to be thought about "carefully", in case it is used in future to "muzzle the press".

     
  278.  
    1730:

    Charlotte Harris, media lawyer for some of the phone-hacking victims, says her clients want to know when a new independent body will be set up. She adds that the victims were hoping today would see something new established, but the news the process may now take some time is disappointing.

     
  279.  
    1740:
    Max Mosley

    Max Mosley, the former president of the world motorsport governing body the FIA, who won a breach of privacy case against the News of the World, tells the BBC the government has "got to follow Leveson - that's the minimum it can do".

     
  280.  

    PoliticsHome editor Paul Waugh tweets: "Talks on Leveson with Ed M and Clegg are underway in PM's Commons office. Oh to be a fly on that wall."

     
  281.  
    1746:

    The Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, has said his force will "consider" what was said in Lord Leveson's report to "try to achieve an adult relationship with the press".

     
  282.  
    1747:

    Mr Hogan-Howe continued: "He said that obviously it should be appropriate and he said it shouldn't be lavish, but he didn't find a huge amount of evidence of it being lavish in the past. We've set a very high bar this last year, because I wanted to make sure that we set clear blue water between the past and whatever happens in the future."

     
  283.  
    Nick Robinson Political editor

    In his latest blog, Nick Robinson asks whether David Cameron will ultimately end up regretting the Leveson Inquiry.

     
  284.  
    1755:
    Kate McCann

    Kate McCann gave moving evidence during the Leveson Inquiry about her experience at the hands of the media. She said: "I welcome Lord Leveson's report and hope it will mark the start of a new era for our press in which it treats those in the news responsibly, with care and consideration."

     
  285.  
    1756:

    Mrs McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing in Portugal in 2007, urged Prime Minister David Cameron to "embrace the report and act swiftly".

     
  286.  
    Paul Williams

    tweets: take a reality check on the Leveson enquiry, real people are worried about important things like energy and food costs #Leveson

     
  287.  
    1803:

    We have come to the end of the BBC's live online coverage of the Leveson report. Comprehensive analysis will continue on the BBC News Channel, and we will continue to bring you the latest developments on the BBC . In the meantime, we have put together a useful at-a-glance guide of the key findings. Thank you for reading.

     

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