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The Week in Parliament: 30 November 2012

Leveson report divides MPs

Lord Leveson's proposals have divided MPs

Lord Leveson's proposal that a new press regulator should be backed by legislation has divided the coalition.

The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practice and ethics of the press published its report on 29 November, recommending a new independent regulatory body.

Labour leader Ed Miliband backed new legislation but David Cameron and Nick Clegg, unable to agree a common line, gave separate statements to the Commons for the first time since going into government together in 2010.

Aiden James looks at an extraordinary day in Parliament.

The history of press regulation

Jean Seaton speaks to Alicia McCarthy

The Leveson inquiry is not the first time there has been formal scrutiny of how our press works.

There has probably been concern about the way papers go about their business since the invention of the printing press.

Alicia McCarthy asked Jean Seaton, a professor of media history and director of the Orwell prize for political writing, for a quick run down of the some of the more recent inquiries.

MPs embrace Movember

A montage of Movember MPs

Keen observers of the Westminster scene might have noticed a few changes over the last month as MPs took part in the Movember campaign.

A select few spent the whole of November growing moustaches in a fund-raising drive for charities and to raise awareness of male health issues such as prostate cancer.

The Week in Parliament pays tribute to their efforts.


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