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Leveson and the regulation of the press was brought before the House on Monday and as a result Parliament voted that a new system of press regulation is put in place to ensure that such appalling acts such as those suffered by the McCanns, the Dowlers and Christopher Jefferies can never happen. The Prime Minister, the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Leader of the Opposition reached cross-party agreement on a Royal Charter that will help deliver a new system of independent and robust press regulation in this country.

This system will ensure up-front apologies, million-pound fines, a self-regulatory body with independence of appointments and funding, a robust standards code, an arbitration service free for victims, and a speedy complaint-handling mechanism.

We will do all of this without the need for statutory regulation, which the Prime Minister believed was neither practical because voluntary self-regulation only works if those being regulated participate in it nor right in principle. Indeed, the No Change clause specifically ensures that for generations to come government ministers cannot interfere with this new system without explicit and extensive support from both Houses.

It is now up to the press themselves to seize this opportunity. I am concerned, though, that we should not impose unreasonable burdens on the local and regional media through a cumbersome arbitration process. This is an area in which I will continue to take a close interest.

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