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Question on the Royal Charter

At Prime Minister’s Questions yesterday, I asked why the royal charter for press regulation has not yet been sent to the Privy Council.

Mr Ben Bradshaw (Exeter) (Lab): Why has the royal charter, which was approved overwhelmingly by this House, still not been sent to the Privy Council when that should have been done in May? Will the Prime Minister assure the House and the victims that he will not do a deal with certain newspapers to further water down Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations?

The Prime Minister: What I can say to the right hon. Gentleman is that we have to follow the correct legal processes. The legal advice, which we have shared with the Leader of the Opposition and his deputy, is that we have to take these things in order: we have to take the press’s royal charter proposal first, and then we have to bring forward the royal charter on which we have all agreed. I have to say that I think the press’s royal charter has some serious shortcomings, so, no, I have not changed my view.

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