Govt closes Leveson inquiry with no part two

The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press has been closed – with no part two, the Government has announced.

Culture Secretary Matt Hancock told Parliament on Thursday: “We do not believe that reopening this costly and time-consuming public inquiry is the right way forward.”

He also revealed the Government would not put into effect a law that would force media organisations to pay legal costs in libel cases whether they won or lost.

Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act would be repealed “at the earliest opportunity”, he said.

Lord Justice Sir Brian Leveson before the State Opening of Parliament, in the House of Lords at the Palace of Westminster in London.

Image: Sir Brian Leveson led the inquiry, started in 2011

Mr Hancock revealed he had informed the inquiry’s leader Sir Brian Leveson it was being wound up, hailing the “significant progress” made by the media and police.

He confirmed there would be no part two – which would have examined illegal action by media organisations, and relations between journalists and the police.

“The world has changed,” he announced.

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The inquiry was launched in 2011 by then prime minister David Cameron, in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

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