Ahead of a major Spectator debate on the implications of the Leveson report, Conservative MP Nadhim Zahawi explains why he supports a statute-backed system of press regulation.
Yesterday's mid-term review included the statement 'We will continue to work on a cross-party basis towards the implementation of the Leveson Report on press regulation'. A welcome reminder that the question of what to do about press regulation has not been forgotten over the Christmas break.
But what we should do is still very much up for debate. We now have two Bills, Labour's 'Press Freedom and Trust Bill' and Hacked Off's 'Leveson Bill', and of course the Government will be coming forward with its own Bill in due course. While all three will undoubtedly agree that the status quo can't continue, exactly how the new regulator should be constituted, and how it will be held to account is still up in the air.