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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Last updated 29 November 2012


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.



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


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.


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.