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Give press a chance to prove itself on Leveson, says MP

Oxford Mail: Tony Baldry Tony Baldry

LORD Leveson’s call for the state to oversee press regulation risks “political interference” Banbury MP Sir Tony Baldry has warned.

After reading last Thursday’s long-awaited report, the Conservative said the press should have two months to prove itself.

Lord Leveson recommended a new independent self-regulatory body but overseen by a Government-appointed body like Ofcom.

Sir Tony, right, said: “When one has the Secretary of State involved, they are by definition politicians and that always provides the possibility of political controversy – however unjustified and however unwarranted – but that controversy can of itself undermine confidence.”

But he said: “From the hyperbole being used in the newspapers and on websites and by various campaigning groups, one would have thought this is either the worst thing to hit the free Press since the Crown ordered the destruction of printing presses, burning heretical Bibles, on the one hand to a total and comprehensive betrayal of the victims of press abuse on the other.”

The Government should give the press to the end of January to work on a system “that has the potential to deliver public confidence” he said.

County Tory MPs John Howell and Nicola Blackwood back Prime Minister and Witney MP David Cameron’s concerns over state involvement. Labour Oxford East MP Andrew Smith supported Leveson’s “well reasoned” recommendations.

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7:28am Fri 7 Dec 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Give press a chance to prove itself on Leveson, says MP.

Clearly the right idea, after all they haven't managed it with the last SIX chances they've had. This is purely an attempt by Cameron and his cronies to delay for as long as possible and hope it disappears from the public agenda, after all he wouldn't want to go upsetting his newspaper friends now would he.

Cameron demanded the enquiry, Cameron said it would be acted on, Cameron said it must be for the victims of the press and now Cameron wants to ignore it.
Give press a chance to prove itself on Leveson, says MP. Clearly the right idea, after all they haven't managed it with the last SIX chances they've had. This is purely an attempt by Cameron and his cronies to delay for as long as possible and hope it disappears from the public agenda, after all he wouldn't want to go upsetting his newspaper friends now would he. Cameron demanded the enquiry, Cameron said it would be acted on, Cameron said it must be for the victims of the press and now Cameron wants to ignore it. Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
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12:16pm Fri 7 Dec 12

Bartsimpson_uk says...

As usual Cameron lies and Baldry brown noses again.
As usual Cameron lies and Baldry brown noses again. Bartsimpson_uk
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