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FM 'will lead' Leveson talks, says culture minister Hyslop

Scotland's Culture Minister Fiona Hyslop insisted the first minister would be leading cross-party talks on the implications of the Leveson Inquiry.

Her statement followed disgruntlement among opposition party leaders that Alex Salmond would be chairing the meeting.

They say he was discredited in Lord Justice Leveson's report.

Although the judge said he could not be critcised for offering to lobby for Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation in the BSkyB takeover if he had been successful his actions would have rendered any final deal "unlawful".

Ms Hyslop told BBC Radio Scotland's Good Morning Scotland programme: "We have to step up to the mark here and I expect all the opposition leaders to do so this afternoon and I look forward to the debate.

"The first minister will be leading the talks on Thursday with the opposition leaders."

  • 04 Dec 2012