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Harman: Status quo failed press and victims

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Work is beginning to draw up a draft bill on regulating the newspaper industry after Lord Justice Leveson delivered his report yesterday.

He has called for a new, independent, watchdog to supervise the press but said it should be underpinned by legislation.

David Cameron told MPs he was opposed to any statutory control, but the Liberal Democrats are in favour as is Labour of regulation.

The party's deputy leader Harriet Harman told Today presenter John Humphrys that it is important the new rules are enshrined in law: "Without some statute guaranteeing that process of independence and ensuring everybody's included, we simply remain with the status quo - a status quo which has failed both the press... [and the] victims."


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