Harriet Harman

Parliament has been dissolved until after the General Election and I am no longer an MP

Challenging the Government at DCMS Questions - 22/03/12

Today at Culture, Media and Sport questions the Government refused to recognise that any new press complaints system needs to be independent of politicians and editors and able to enforce rulings on all newspapers.  My question is below.

Ms Harriet Harman (Camberwell and Peckham) (Lab): The harrowing evidence at the Leveson inquiry from victims of phone hacking and other abuse by the press means that we all want a new press complaints system, which must be independent of politicians and editors and able to enforce its rulings on all newspapers. Does the Minister recognise that the proposals being put forward by Lord Hunt, chair of the Press Complaints Commission, fail to meet either of those tests? Until they do, they will amount to nothing more than a change of name and business as usual. That will simply not be acceptable.

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