The government has 'broken' its Leveson 2 promise, says Labour's Ian Clucas

Thursday, May 10, 2018

The government has defeated a Labour bid to force them to open up the second stage of the Leveson inquiry into press standards.

The vote was to determine whether further investigation into the phone hacking scandal and unlawful conduct by the press would take place.

Five Conservative MPs - Crispin Blunt, Peter Bone, Ken Clarke, Dominic Grieve and Philip Hollobone - voted against the government and in favour for the second half of the Leveson inquiry, with one Labour MP, John Grogan, voting with the government.

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MPs voted by 304 to 295 to narrowly defeat the bid, which had been intiated by former Labour leader Ed Miliband.

He led a scathing attack on the house, accusing the government of “breaking promises” that the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, gave to victims of the phone hacking scandal back in 2012. He claimed this was a matter of “honour” and accused the government of letting down the victims.

Talking to Julia Hartley-Brewer on the Breakfast Show, Ian Clucas, Labour MP for Wrexham, told talkRADIO: “We're concerned about victims of press intrusion, not MPs. People like Milly Dowler, the McCanns, ordinary people that have been abused in the past.

“The Leveson inquiry was not only supported by the Labour party but also the Conservative Party.

The second part of the inquiry was promised to the victims of the phone hacking scandal in 2012 when David Cameron launched the inquiry.

“Now, this is not a new inquiry, it was the second part of an inquiry that all parties supported in the House of Commons and we simply wanted that inquiry to continue as it was originally proposed,” he added.  

“David Cameron promised that the Leveson two inquiry was going to proceed, and yesterday a lot of Conservative MPs broke that promise.

“The Conservative Prime Minister stood up in the House of Commons and promised the victims of press intrusion that Leveson two was going to happen. Yesterday, that promise was broken.”