Three parties agree on press regulation

3:49 am - March 18th 2013

by Sunny Hundal    

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The Conservatives, Labour and Liberal Democrats have reached an agreement on press regulation, Ed Miliband’s office has just confirmed to Liberal Conspiracy.

A senior Labour source sent us this brief statement:

After five and a half hour of talks in Ed Miliband’s office which ended at 2:30am, we are confident we have the basis of an agreement around our royal charter entrenched in statute.

Ed Miliband, Harriet Harman, Nick Clegg and Oliver Letwin all there. Details to be announced later in the Chamber.

Harriet Harman is expected to say more in the morning on radio and TV.

It looks like David Cameron caved in to Labour and Lib Dem demands at the last minute. More on the Labour / Lib Dem RC here.

UPDATE 11am:
Labour sources are adamant that the bill have statutory underpinning, contrary to Tory claims.

We have been sent the amendment to the ERR Bill which gives Statutory Underpinning to the Royal Charter

Royal Charters: requirements for Parliamentary approval

Where a body is established by Royal Charter after 1 March 2013 with functions relating to the carrying on of an industry, no recommendation may be made to Her Majesty in Council to amend the body’s Charter or dissolve the body unless any requirements included in the Charter on the date it is granted for Parliament to approve the amendment or dissolution have been met.

Our Labour source added: “This is not a little bit of statute, this is not a dab of statute, this is statute pure and simple.”

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Reader comments

1. So Much for Subtlety

So the three main parties have got together to limit what we can say about them.

This couldn’t end badly could it?

Is Cameron, Miliband and Clegg sure they have got permission from the self-appointed Hugh Grant? Apparently the unelected Hugh Grant decides these things.

I see the righties are still trying to cling on to their press hegemony.

We don’t have a free press. We have a corporate press. Very different animal. Wickileaks is more of a free press and governments are trying to shut it down. So much for the so called defenders of free media.

I could not give a shit if The Sun, Mail, Express, Mirror, Times, Telegraph went bust tomorrow. It would be no loss to freedom. Just a lot of billionaire lackeys, and billionaire propaganda merchants forced to get a real job.


You’re spot on as always. We don’t have a free press but a bought press, controlled by a handful of moguls. We also have a bought Prime Minister. The Tories have provided the best government money can buy.

For how many more years do I have to admire your sharp and incisive comments before you come and give us some more of them at cuttingedge2 dot forumotion dot co dot uk?

2. Cameron got permission from the self appointed Rupert Murdoch and Paul Dacre? Apparently the unelected Murdoch / Dacre decides these things.

See how hilariously stupid your argument is?

As much as I loathe Dacre and Murdoch, they at least have a professional interest in the media business. What the hell does press regulation have to do with someone who pretends to be other people for a living?

7. Oh dear Lord.

Been living in a cave these last 5 years?

Is that your answer?

I couldn’t care less.
Personally I wouldn’t have any regulation because there is nothing sadder than a bottom feeder journo whinging.
Christ the vast majority of the creatures are right wing creeps who most the public despise.
Leave them alone to behave as they will always behave.
If Nick Cohen and Martin Bright are the lefties I hate to what the righties are like.
Although freedom of the press, what bollocks. Name one journo that has made any difference. They print what their bosses tell them to print.

“What the hell does press regulation have to do with someone who pretends to be other people for a living?”

Whether we like it or not, he is the Prime Minister.

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