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  • Maria Miller Hangs on with David Cameron's Full Support. But Why?
    Maria Miller Hangs on with David Cameron's Full Support. But Why? Mon, Apr 7, 2014

    Beleaguered minister Maria Miller is still culture secretary. And prime minister David Cameron is still offering her his full support. Miller's behaviour over her expenses, and possible non-payment of capital gains tax on one of her designated homes, may have been within parliament's rules but few truly believe they pass the "smell" test Cameron himself set as the bottom-line for such affairs. There were some signs that ministerial support for her was thin after the attorney general Dominic Grieve's coded message that her position was a "matter for her". More »

  • Tebbit calls for Miller resignation
    Tebbit calls for Miller resignation Sun, Apr 6, 2014

    Former Conservative chairman Lord Tebbit has become the most senior Conservative to call for Maria Miller to resign as Culture Secretary, amid controversy over her response to an investigation into her expenses claims. More »

  • Maria Miller 'Got Off Lightly' Over Expenses
    Maria Miller 'Got Off Lightly' Over Expenses Sat, Apr 5, 2014

    The former head of the Standards Committee, Sir Alistair Graham, has told Sky News that Culture Secretary Maria Miller "got off lightly" over her claims for parliamentary expenses. The Culture Secretary has paid back £5,800 of expenses she had wrongly claimed for a second home and made a 32-second apology for her "unhelpful" attitude towards the investigation. But she remains under pressure after it emerged the 10-member standards committee overruled the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards' findings that she should return £45,000. Sir Graham told Sky News: "I'm genuinely shocked by the degree of pressure that Maria Miller seemed to be putting on the Parliamentary Commissioner for Standards as she carried out her investigation. More »

  • MPs' Expenses: Miller Expected To Keep Job
    MPs' Expenses: Miller Expected To Keep Job Thu, Apr 3, 2014

    Culture Secretary Maria Miller is expected to keep her job when the results of a lengthy report into her expenses claims are made public. The Conservative MP was investigated by the Parliament's standards watchdog for using her taxpayer-funded second home allowance to pay for a house where her parents lived. Mrs Miller claimed £90,718 between 2005 and 2009 towards mortgage payments and other household costs for the house in Wimbledon, south London, where her parents had lived since 1996. Mrs Miller, who also rents a home in Hampshire, insists she lived there caring for her parents, who are disabled. More »

  • Steve Coogan Blasts Mail Online as 'Creepy and Sinister'
    Steve Coogan Blasts Mail Online as 'Creepy and Sinister' Thu, Mar 27, 2014

    Actor Steve Coogan has launched a scathing tirade against Mail Online comparing its popularity to paedophilia. A fierce opponent of the British tabloid press, Coogan, made the bizarre comparison during an interview with Total Politics Magazine after he was asked about the huge readers' traffic to the world's biggest news website, which he branded 'Mailbait'. "Mailbait'...the website that has all the photographs about 12 and 14-year-old girls and talks about their bras and how fast they growing up and all the rest of it, which is on the Mail Online, and clearly has an appeal that goes beyond just the curious. The Alan Partridge star said neither was the popularity of its print edition, Daily Mail, Britain's biggest-selling daily, a good enough defence for its publishing practices. More »

  • Coogan: Regulator 'a busted flush'
    Coogan: Regulator 'a busted flush' Wed, Mar 26, 2014

    The new press regulatory board being established by the industry is a "busted flush", comedian and actor Steve Coogan has claimed. More »

  • 'Repercussions' to press curbs
    'Repercussions' to press curbs Mon, Mar 17, 2014

    There is growing evidence that moves to more heavily regulate Britain's newspaper industry are "being used by repressive regimes around the world to excuse their own practices towards the press", a report has claimed. More »

  • Blair 'offered Murdoch hack scandal advice'
    Blair 'offered Murdoch hack scandal advice' Wed, Feb 19, 2014

    London jury read email which suggested the former British PM offered to help News Corp navigate phone-hacking outrage. More »

  • Piers Morgan Questioned By Hacking Detectives
    Piers Morgan Questioned By Hacking Detectives Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    Piers Morgan has been interviewed under police caution in connection with phone hacking, it has emerged. The CNN broadcaster confirmed he was questioned on December 6 over allegations of phone hacking at the Daily Mirror, where he was editor from 1995 until 2004. Morgan was questioned by officers from Operation Golding, which is investigating allegations of hacking at the Mirror Group Newspapers. Sky Home Affairs Correspondent Mark White said: "We don't know too much publicly about Operation Golding - it doesn't have the same high profile as Operation Weeting." More »

  • CNN's Piers Morgan Questioned By Scotland Yard Over Phone Hacking
    CNN's Piers Morgan Questioned By Scotland Yard Over Phone Hacking Fri, Feb 14, 2014

    The CNN presenter and former editor of the Daily Mirror Piers Morgan has been questioned by police in relation to phone-hacking. Scotland Yard confirmed that a 48-year-old journalist was interviewed under caution on 6 December on connection with suspected conspiracy to intercept voicemails by officers from Operation Golding – the investigation into phone hacking at the Mirror Group Newspapers. In a statement to The Guardian, through his spokesperson, Morgan said: "In early November I was asked to attend an interview by officers from Operation Weeting when I was next in the UK. Morgan, who was editor of the paper between 1995 and 2004, gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into press standards insisting there was no phone hacking during his editorship. More »

  • MPs vote on plans to allow secret courts to confiscate journalists' fil …
    MPs vote on plans to allow secret courts to confiscate journalists' fil … Mon, Feb 3, 2014

    Legislation which would allow authorities to demand journalists hand over their notebooks, digital files and photographs in secret courts will be debated by MPs today. More »

  • Jude Law Gives Evidence at Old Bailey Phone Hacking Trial
    Jude Law Gives Evidence at Old Bailey Phone Hacking Trial Mon, Jan 27, 2014

    Jude Law has taken to the witness box at the Old Bailey to give evidence into the phone hacking inquiry. The actor, who received a reported £130,000 settlement in 2012 for what he said was a "sustained campaign" of surveillance, was appearing at the trial of former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks to testify on alleged events that took place between 2001 and 2006. Law became increasingly suspicious as stories about his personal life appeared in the now-defunct News of the World. Law and Sienna Miller, Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton, a former aide to Princes William and Harry, author Lord Archer, TV cook Delia Smith and model Abi Titmuss were among other alleged  big-name targets. More »

  • Phone Hacking: Three Journalists Plead Guilty
    Phone Hacking: Three Journalists Plead Guilty Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    Three former News Of The World journalists have pleaded guilty to phone hacking charges. The Old Bailey heard on Wednesday that ex-chief correspondent Neville Thurlbeck, former assistant news editor James Weatherup, and ex-news editor Greg Miskiw had pleaded guilty at earlier hearings. Private investigator Glenn Mulcaire had also admitted hacking the phone of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler, prosecutor Andrew Edis QC said. Ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and former NOTW editor and ex-Downing Street spin-doctor Andy Coulson, both 45, are accused of conspiring to illegally access voicemail messages, as well as making illegal payments to officials. More »

  • Press Regulation: Queen Approves Royal Charter
    Press Regulation: Queen Approves Royal Charter Wed, Oct 30, 2013

    The Queen has given her approval to a new royal charter to regulate the press after newspaper and magazine publishers failed to block it. The monarch set her seal on the charter, which has been backed by the three main political parties, at a meeting of the Privy Council at Buckingham Palace. Four ministers attending the meeting - Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, Culture Secretary Maria Miller, and the Liberal Democrat justice minister, Lord McNally of Blackpool. The Government argues the charter is "the best framework" for the industry, while stopping short of full statutory regulation. More »

  • Phone-hacking trial opens in London
    Phone-hacking trial opens in London Mon, Oct 28, 2013

    Two former editors appear in court to face charges of hacking phone voicemails, bribing officials and hiding evidence. More »

  • Madeleine McCann Inquiry 'Making Progress'
    Madeleine McCann Inquiry 'Making Progress' Tue, Oct 8, 2013

    Gerry McCann has said he is pleased with the progress being made in Scotland Yard's review of the search for his missing daughter. More »

  • Policing 'Hippocratic Oath' will fix bent coppers, MPs hope
    Policing 'Hippocratic Oath' will fix bent coppers, MPs hope Mon, Jul 1, 2013

    Police need to be as trusted by the public as doctors, MPs have said, in a report calling for a major shake-up of standards. More »

  • Phone Hacking: Brooks' Security Man Charged
    Phone Hacking: Brooks' Security Man Charged Fri, May 3, 2013

    A bodyguard who worked for former News International boss Rebekah Brooks has been charged with perverting the course of justice, after allegedly hiding computers from police. More »

  • All change at the top: Cameron dumps Letwin and brings in more rich white m …
    All change at the top: Cameron dumps Letwin and brings in more rich white m … Tue, Apr 30, 2013

    There were further changes to the Conservative's election machine today, when Oliver Letwin was reportedly dropped as the prime minister's policy boss, to be replaced by Jo Johnson, Boris Johnson's brother. More »

  • Sun's Royal Editor Faces Misconduct Charge
    Sun's Royal Editor Faces Misconduct Charge Wed, Apr 24, 2013

    The Sun's royal editor Duncan Larcombe is to be charged with conspiracy to commit misconduct in a public office, according to the Crown Prosecution Service. More »

  • Police issue Section 5 threat to protestors ahead of Thatcher funeral
    Police issue Section 5 threat to protestors ahead of Thatcher funeral Mon, Apr 15, 2013

    Protestors were warned to stay away from Margaret Thatcher's funeral procession on Wednesday or face being arrested under a controversial law outlawing "alarm, harassment or distress". More »

  • War over the peace: Labour and Conservative counter-brief on Leveson deal
    War over the peace: Labour and Conservative counter-brief on Leveson deal Mon, Mar 18, 2013

    Labour and the Conservatives were offering different takes on their own deal over press regulation this morning, after a gruelling five-and-a-half hour negotiation in Ed Miliband's office last night. More »

  • Sunday Mirror Hacking Inquiry: Four Arrested
    Sunday Mirror Hacking Inquiry: Four Arrested Thu, Mar 14, 2013

    Four senior journalists have been arrested on suspicion of being involved in a phone voicemail hacking conspiracy involving the Sunday Mirror newspaper. More »

  • Cameron Pulls Plug On Press Regulation Talks
    Cameron Pulls Plug On Press Regulation Talks Thu, Mar 14, 2013

    David Cameron has pulled the plug on cross-party talks about press reform after failing to agree with Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband. More »

  • Outrage over Sun's Reeva Steenkamp front page
    Outrage over Sun's Reeva Steenkamp front page Fri, Feb 15, 2013

    The Sun stoked outrage over its treatment of women today after editors put a picture of murdered model Reeva Steenkamp in swimwear on its front page. More »

  • Operation Elveden: Police Officer Arrested
    Operation Elveden: Police Officer Arrested Tue, Feb 12, 2013

    A 50-year-old serving police officer has been arrested as part of an investigation into improper payments to police. More »

  • Tories To Unveil Press Regulation Charter
    Tories To Unveil Press Regulation Charter Tue, Feb 12, 2013

    The Conservatives are expected to unveil a draft Royal Charter on press regulation later, despite Lord Justice Brian Leveson's recommendation that a new system be underpinned by law. More »

  • Madeleine McCann's Father Calls For Press Law
    Madeleine McCann's Father Calls For Press Law Mon, Feb 11, 2013

    Gerry McCann, the father of missing youngster Madeleine McCann, has urged politicians to implement the conclusions of the Leveson Inquiry in full. More »

  • Phone Hacking: Duchess Among Latest To Settle
    Phone Hacking: Duchess Among Latest To Settle Fri, Feb 8, 2013

    The Duchess of York is the latest victim of phone hacking to have reached a settlement with News Group Newspapers. More »

  • Detective Jailed For Trying To Leak To NOTW
    Detective Jailed For Trying To Leak To NOTW Fri, Feb 1, 2013

    A senior police officer has been jailed for 15 months for trying to sell information to the News Of The World. More »

  • Overseas police chiefs should be no cause for concern
    Overseas police chiefs should be no cause for concern Wed, Jan 30, 2013

    The recent news that the British police forces could be run by overseas police chiefs has predictably been met by a largely negative reaction in the press, with talk of 'rebellion' among officers over the plans. In addition, according to reports from one particular newspaper, existing police leaders felt that the plan could compromise national security. More »

  • PM's plebgate handling mauled
    PM's plebgate handling mauled Mon, Jan 21, 2013

    David Cameron was wrong to ask the Cabinet secretary to investigate the Andrew Mitchell 'plebgate' scandal, a committee of MPs has said. More »

  • Baroness Hollins: The way forward after Leveson Wed, Jan 16, 2013

    Baroness Hollins has personally seen the worst behaviour of the press. She hopes that government can work with editors and owners of newspapers to find a real way forward. More »

  • Met's April Casburn 'Offered Leaks For Cash'
    Met's April Casburn 'Offered Leaks For Cash' Mon, Jan 7, 2013

    A senior Scotland Yard officer offered the News Of The World newspaper confidential information in return for money, a jury has been told. More »

  • Hugh Grant Gets 'Substantial Sum' Over Hacking
    Hugh Grant Gets 'Substantial Sum' Over Hacking Fri, Dec 21, 2012

    Phone-hacking victim Hugh Grant has accepted a "substantial sum" after settling his legal claim against the News Of The World, his solicitor has said. More »