Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Leveson 2 was promised, it should be delivered

Responding to the House of Lords defeating the Government, this time to successfully amend the Data Protection Bill to establish 'Leveson 2', Liberal Democrat peer and former Justice Minister Tom McNally said:

“This issue keeps coming back for the Government, and this vote shows that the House of Lords aren’t willing to forget the promise that was made by the Coalition that Leveson 2 would be enacted.
"The decision to drop Leveson 2 was part of a squalid deal between the Conservative Party and the Press Barons and was against the strong advice of Lord Leveson himself. The promise to hold Leveson 2 was a solemn promise made by David Cameron on behalf of the UK Government and supported by all parties in both Houses.
“This is not about restricting press freedom. It is about fighting for a press that is respected and trusted. Leveson 1 only did half the job. The amendment carried today gives the Commons a chance to launch the kind of inquiry which is still needed if we are to have a press which is respected and trusted as well as free.”

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