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Breaking: David Cameron says ‘I am not convinced statute is necessary’ for press regulation

29 November 2012

29 November 2012

David Cameron has just told MPs that while he accepts Lord Leveson’s recommendations for a new independent press regulator, he rejects statutory underpinning of the new regulatory system.

The Prime Minister said: ‘I accept these principles… The onus should now be on the press.’

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He said he was in favour of giving the press a period of time to implement the recommendations. But to roars of disapproval from MPs on the other side of the Chamber, he said: ‘I am not convinced… that statute is necessary.’

He also told MPs that he accepted Leveson’s recommendations on the relationship between the police and the press. The Prime Minister also took care to praise Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, who was cleared of wrongdoing by the Inquiry. The Prime Minister said Hunt had acted with ‘deep dignity’.

Ed Miliband’s response set the frame for the cross-party talks on Leveson, telling the Prime Minister:

‘Let me say to him: these talks must be about implementing these recommendations, not whether we implement it.’

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  • Silverghost

    Well, what a surprise. Dave lacks courage, again, because he’s scared of what the press might think of him. It’s embarrassing that he has less nerve than Charlotte Church. Rooting through celebs’ bins and interrogating their kids – how is that in the public interest? If you mean “no law, ever” then have the guts to say so.
    These career politicans are downright pathetic.

  • David Lindsay

    Three cheers for Sir Peter Tapsell MP, first elected in 1959, and veteran Keynesian and pro-Commonwealth scourge of the EU, Thatcher, the neocons, and now also Murdoch:

    “Should not ownership of newspapers be restricted to British nationals who are judged fit and proper, as with television?”

    Yes, it should.

    • Noa

      A principle which should extend to all British businesses.

      • David Lindsay


        Certainly, a domestic manufacturing base, a largely domestic food supply, and
        ownership of our own industries and resources by our own citizens, are
        all integral to national sovereignty, including national security.

        • HooksLaw

          So you would have refused all the investment in Sunderland, Oxford Swindon Birmingham Derby Wales Essex and Mersyside which produces 1.3 million cars a year and supports tens of thousands of jobs?

          • David Lindsay

            I would never have got us into the situation of going begging to the rest of the world in the first place. We never used to.

            • The Crunge

              The concept of a global free market economy has clearly passed you by. This is 2012 not 1812.

              • David Lindsay

                I am only too well aware of it. That you do not seem to mind it is of course an illustration that you are not a conservative.

                • The Crunge

                  I believe you should leave comment on these pages to educated and literate people. Nothing you have said is either literate or economically sound.

                • David Lindsay

                  Whereas what we have at the moment is the height of economic soundness, of course. What else could something implemented by those famous literates, Margaret Thatcher and Ronald Reagan, possibly be?

                • The Crunge

                  Quad errat demonstrandum

                • David Lindsay

                  It certainly is.


                  At least you are sufficiently literate to spell “demonstrandum” correctly, though.

                  Ah, the corrosive effects of capitalism on everything that conservatives exist in order to conserve! Tragic. But not irreversible. All that is lacking is the will.

                • The Crunge

                  I am sure that if you get your way and that a new Jerusalem is founded here in Britain we will all have plenty of time to meditate on the murderous despair of socialism (Lenin, Stalin, Mao etc). In your perfect world there will be Gestapo uniforms for all those who have “the will”. Enjoy.

          • Noa

            Permitting foreign investment in UK business is not the same as relinquishing ultimate control. Witness the golden share held in BAE Systems.

      • telemachus

        Most of us want the UK to thrive
        The little englanders have no place in our dynamic multicultural world where the axis is drifting towards India and China
        Ask Mittal whether he prefers to deal with us or little france(Yes despite the leftist government they are actually in hock to Marine LePen)

        • Noa

          Try setting up or buying a business in China or India, as I have, and you’ll discover that, as a foreigner, you are limited to a minority shareholding. Multi-culty-ism works one way, Comrade.

          As for Mittal, if the unions weren’t bought and paid for his UK plants would have been the subject of permanent strikes for the last 10 years.

        • Span Ows

          Does this suggest you are calling David Lindsay a little Englander?

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