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Hacking arrests as parties clash over Leveson

Hacking arrests as parties clash over Leveson
Six journalists have been arrested by police investigating phone hacking as the main parties continue to disagree over statutory regulation of the press.

Police have arrested the journalists as part of the Operation Weeting investigation after identifying a new “suspected conspiracy” that took place at the News of the World between 2005 and 2006.

Harriet Harman used an Urgent Question in the Commons today to attack the Conservative plan to create a new press regulator backed by Royal Charter.

Ms Harman said: "Whatever the route that is chosen it must be the full Leveson, not Leveson-lite, Leveson said the system must be independent of government but through the Royal Charter ministers would be free to tamper with the Royal Charter at any time."

But Culture Secretary Maria Miller insisted that it was a robust solution to the problems identified by Lord Leveson. She said: "Both the Prime Minister and I wholeheartedly support a tough new system of independent self-regulation as outlined by Lord Justice Leveson."

Ms Miller made it clear that the Conservatives "continue to have grave reservations about statutory underpinning".

She said that the Royal Charter was "a principled way forward proposed by the Conservative party" but added: "It is only a draft and we will continue to debate it."

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