Latest Leveson Inquiry News

  • Piers Morgan quizzed by police over tabloid phone hacking
    Piers Morgan quizzed by police over tabloid phone hacking Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    LONDON (AP) — Former CNN host Piers Morgan was questioned for a second time by British police Tuesday about tabloid phone hacking. More »

  • Five years of coalition: The legacy of Cameron and Clegg
    Five years of coalition: The legacy of Cameron and Clegg Mon, Apr 20, 2015

    After the 2010 general election resulted in a hung parliament, the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats formed a coalition government. This is followed by wider anti-austerity protests in 2011, with the March for the Alternative rally in London attracting 500,000 people. An Alternative Vote referendum is held across the UK, asking how MPs should be elected at future general elections. A number of former News of the World staff are arrested and convicted, including David Cameron's former communications director, Andy Coulson. More »

  • Hugh Grant Happy To Be Out Of Hollywood
    Hugh Grant Happy To Be Out Of Hollywood Fri, Oct 10, 2014

    Hugh Grant has told Sky News being involved with the Leveson Inquiry into media ethics was a "refreshing" change from making films. More »

  • A Minute With - Hugh Grant on Hollywood, hacking and celebrity
    A Minute With - Hugh Grant on Hollywood, hacking and celebrity Wed, Oct 8, 2014

    By Rollo Ross LONDON (Reuters) - Actor Hugh Grant, who became the poster boy for the charming British fop in romantic comedies such as "Four Weddings and a Funeral" and "Notting Hill," is delighted not to be part of Hollywood anymore. Grant channels his feelings in his latest film, "The Rewrite," as Keith, a washed up screenwriter who moves to a small New York town to give a college course on the sometimes cynical and occasionally realistic perils of Hollywood. The film is out in UK theatres on Wednesday. ... More »

  • Gerry McCann Says Make Example Of Web Trolls
    Gerry McCann Says Make Example Of Web Trolls Fri, Oct 3, 2014

    Madeleine McCann's father has called for tougher action against web trolls after Sky News exposed a woman who abused his family online. More »

  • Osborne Under Fire Over Dorneywood Guest List
    Osborne Under Fire Over Dorneywood Guest List Fri, Aug 29, 2014

    George Osborne is under pressure after failing to publish details of guests he entertained at his grace-and-favour country home. The Chancellor has the use of the 18th century Dorneywood in Buckinghamshire as well as his apartment in Downing Street. He apparently held a party there to celebrate his 40th birthday and the Leveson Inquiry revealed he had invited former News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks and her husband to stay in 2010. The Prime Minister, his deputy Nick Clegg and the Foreign Secretary have disclosed lists of whom they have entertained at Chequers and Chevening, but Mr Osborne is yet to do the same. More »

  • Profile: Mazher Mahmood, the 'Fake Sheikh' Accused of Lying in Cour … Mon, Jul 21, 2014

    News that the court case against X-Factor judge Tulisa Contostavlos has collapsed because the judge questioned the integrity of the undercover journalist who exposed her - Mazher Mahmood, aka "the Fake Sheikh" - will have met with wry amusement among journalists on Fleet Street. "There are strong grounds for believing Mr Mahmood told me lies when he gave evidence to me [during pre-trial legal hearings]," said Judge Alistair McCreath, shutting down Contostavlos's trial. More »

  • UK Hacking Scandal: Cameron Under Fire From Labour Over Coulson Security Ve … Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Labour has stepped up the pressure on prime minister David Cameron to explain why convicted hacker Andy Coulson was not subjected to top-level vetting before he was appointed as his chief spin doctor. Shadow ministers have also called on him to make a full Commons statement to answer remaining questions over the affair including whether any civil servant had warned him or his office against the appointment, a question Cameron has so far ducked. The latest moves came in the Commons when a Labour backbencher who specialises in security issues, Steve McCabe, demanded to know why Coulson had not been subjected to the usual vetting procedures. Commons leader Andrew Lansley avoided the substantive point, pointing out Coulson had been vetted, but had not been put through the higher level "developed vetting" system which many such staff in Downing Street have traditionally been subjected to. More »

  • Natalie Bennett: Coulson affair shines a light on British politics Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    Green party leader Natalie Bennett says that the hacking affair shows how politics is still dominated by big business and back-room meetings with media bosses. More »

  • Murdoch’s Trouble Has Only Just Begun
    Murdoch’s Trouble Has Only Just Begun Thu, Jun 26, 2014

    His protégée Rebekah Brooks may have been spared, but the mogul faces a police grilling, more possible charges against News Corp from Scotland Yard, and a looming Senate probe. More »

  • Cameron Says Leveson Dealt With Phone Hacking
    Cameron Says Leveson Dealt With Phone Hacking Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    David Cameron has told Ed Miliband he should accept the findings of the Leveson inquiry, as the Labour leader accused him of bringing "a criminal into the heart of Downing Street". In robust Commons exchanges, Mr Miliband accused the Prime Minister of "wilful negligence" in employing the former News of the World editor Andy Coulson as his chief spin doctor, who is now facing jail after being convicted of phone hacking. But Mr Cameron hit back and said the opposition leader should take note of the £5m Leveson inquiry into press standards, which cleared him of any wrongdoing. He also mocked Mr Miliband for being "weak" for attacking Rupert Murdoch and then posing with The Sun newspaper, only to apologise for doing so a short-time later. More »

  • Hacking Trial Jury Discharged On Final Charges
    Hacking Trial Jury Discharged On Final Charges Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Andy Coulson, the former Number 10 spin doctor, and the ex-News Of The World (NOTW) royal editor Clive Goodman had been accused of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office by paying police officers for two royal phone directories. It means stinging criticism of David Cameron can now be reported for the first time. The scandal, which cost the 46-year-old his job as the Prime Minister's communications director and led to the closure of his former newspaper, involved a list of high-profile targets, including Kate Middleton and Prince William, actor Daniel Craig and murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler. His former colleague Rebekah Brooks and her husband Charlie Brooks were cleared of the charges they faced. More »

  • Cameron under fire from opposition, judge in UK hacking scandal
    Cameron under fire from opposition, judge in UK hacking scandal Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    By Andrew Osborn and Kylie MacLellan LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister David Cameron came under fire on Wednesday both in parliament and from a senior judge after a court convicted his ex-media chief for being part of a phone-hacking conspiracy. Opposition lawmakers demanded Cameron explain why he had ignored warnings in hiring Andy Coulson, while the judge who presided over the phone-hacking trial criticised him for commenting publicly on the case before the jury had delivered all its verdicts. Coulson, who ran Cameron's media operations from 2007-2011, faces a jail term after the jury at London's Old Bailey court found him guilty on Tuesday of the phone-hacking charges. With just under a year to go before a national election the opposition Labour party is trying to use the case to argue that Cameron, the leader of the ruling Conservative party, lacks good judgment and doesn't listen to advice from others. More »

  • Michael Dugher MP: Unanswered questions on Coulson Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Shadow Minister for the Cabinet Office Michael Dugher says there are questions from the Coulson case regarding the vetting process for Government Advisers. More »

  • Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra char …
    Phone hacking jury dismissed after failing to reach a verdict on extra char … Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, who oversaw the investigation, said it was not “an attack on press freedom”. More »

  • Carry On Cameron: PM Angers Judge Over Coulson Trial Comments Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    David Cameron has been pitched into fresh controversy over the Coulson phone hacking crisis after the Old Bailey judge accused him of bringing the entire trial close to collapse and demanded an explanation. As Labour leader Ed Miliband was failing to nail the prime minister over the affair in the Commons, the judge announced that either "in ignorance or deliberately" Cameron's rush to apologise for appointing Coulson had threatened the continuing proceedings on two outstanding charges. He revealed he had been asked by Coulson's legal team to abandon the trial on Tuesday because of Cameron's "ill-advised and premature" remarks which had declared "open season" on Coulson. In the end, the trial was halted on Wednesday when the jurors could not reach agreement on the charges that Coulson and former News of the World royal editor Clive Goodman had paid police officers for royal phone directories. More »

  • Hacking: Milly Dowler's Sister In Regulation Call
    Hacking: Milly Dowler's Sister In Regulation Call Wed, Jun 25, 2014

    Milly Dowler's sister has urged David Cameron to bring in "real" press regulation after former News of the World editor Andy Coulson was convicted of phone hacking. Mr Cameron will also face a grilling at PMQs following the conviction of his former spin doctor. The Prime Minister has already apologised for employing Coulson as his Director of Communications, saying it was "the wrong decision". But Labour leader Ed Miliband has said Mr Cameron's apology is not enough and he has "very, very serious questions to answer". More »

  • Rupert Murdoch to be 'Interviewed under Caution' by Police over Crime … Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Media mogul Rupert Murdoch will soon be interviewed by police about allegations of criminal activity at the offices of News UK (formerly News International). Murdoch will be quizzed "under caution" - the term for when a suspect is questioned. UK police first requested an interview with Mr Murdoch last year but the his lawyers asked them to wait until the phone-hacking trial at the Old Bailey was over. Former News International UK chief executive Rebekah Brooks was acquitted of all charges, along with her husband Charlie Brooks. More »

  • Andy Coulson Guilty: Timeline of Phone Hacking Scandal Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Andy Coulson replaces Rebekah Brooks as editor of the News of the World (NotW). Clive Goodman, the paper's royal editor, is arrested on suspicion of phone hacking following suspicions about how he obtained a story regarding a knee injury suffered by Prince William. Glenn Mulcaire, a private investigator hired by the NotW, is also arrested. Both Goodman and Mulcaire are jailed after being found guilty of phone hacking, forcing Coulson to resign as editor. More »

  • Timeline - Key dates in Britain's phone-hacking scandal Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    Rebekah Brooks, who once ran Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper arm, was acquitted on Tuesday of orchestrating a campaign to hack into the phones of celebrities and crime victims, as well as bribing officials in the hunt for exclusive news. Below is a timeline of the phone hacking scandal which has outraged the British public and shaken the political establishment. Jan. 26, 2007 - News of the World royal reporter Clive Goodman is sentenced to four months in jail after pleading guilty to intercepting the voicemail messages of royal aides. Editor Andy Coulson quits, saying he had not known about the offences but that he should take responsibility. More »

  • Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trial
    Andy Coulson found guilty but Rebekah Brooks cleared at phone hacking trial Tue, Jun 24, 2014

    The trial at the Old Bailey in London had lasted 8 months. More »

  • Charlize Theron: Press Intrusion 'Like Rape'
    Charlize Theron: Press Intrusion 'Like Rape' Fri, May 30, 2014

    Charlize Theron says press coverage of her private life is so intrusive that it is comparable to rape. The South African-born actress told Sky News that "every aspect" of her life has become "fodder" for a brand of journalism that exists "in a dark room". More »

  • UK Voicemail Still Wide Open to Hacking Despite Levenson Inquiry
    UK Voicemail Still Wide Open to Hacking Despite Levenson Inquiry Thu, Apr 24, 2014

    The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the British press laid bare the ease with which some journalists were able to access the private and sensitive voicemails, yet over a year-and-a-half after the publication of its report, two major UK mobile phone networks are still leaving millions of their customers at risk. New research carried out by Simon Rockman of Fuss Free Phones - and published in The Register - shows it is still incredibly easy to access the voicemails of millions of EE and Three customers without once being asked for a PIN or to answer a security question. Using a relatively simple method, Rockman was able to spoof the mobile phone number of EE and Three customers and get direct access to their voicemails without having to input a PIN - even if the customer being attacked had one set up on their account. EE said it was investigating the matter adding: "First and foremost it's illegal to access a voicemail account without the owner's permission. More »

  • Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns Over Expenses Scandal
    Culture Secretary Maria Miller Resigns Over Expenses Scandal Wed, Apr 9, 2014

    Britain's Culture Secretary Maria Miller has resigned despite being cleared of an original charge of filing wrongful expenses claims. In a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron, she said "it has become clear to me that the present situation has become a distraction from the vital work this government is doing to turn our country around." Last month, an independent parliamentary commissioner for standards found that she had overclaimed £45,000 worth of expenses. Although the committee, whose job it was to investigate Miller's expenses, cleared her of funding a home for her parents at taxpayers' expense, it found that she was guilty of breaching its code of conduct with her obstructive attitude to an inquiry into her finances. More »

  • Team Miller blames expenses uproar on press 'witch-hunt'
    Team Miller blames expenses uproar on press 'witch-hunt' Tue, Apr 8, 2014

    Maria Miller is being pursued by the press because of her role in implementing press regulation and support of equal marriage, her parliamentary aide has claimed. More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »