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Milly Dowler's Parents, Hugh Grant, JK Rowling Taking Part In Phone Hacking Inquiry

14/09/2011 13:30 BST | Updated 14/11/2011 10:12 GMT

The parents of Milly Dowler, Hugh Grant, JK Rowling and other alleged victims of phone hacking have been named as "core participants" in the public inquiry in to the conduct of the media.

On Wednesday Lord Justice Leveson published a list of the 46 people who will be given the chance to contribute to the first part of the inquiry, which examines the culture, practices and ethics of the press, including contacts between the press and politicians and the press and the police.

The revelation that Milly Dowler's phone had been hacked by the News of the World led to public outrage over the issue and added pressure on the government to launch an inquiry. Her parents, Sally and Bob, and her sister Gemma will now have the chance to play a key role in uncovering the truth about the extent of the practice.

Also due to take part are Gerry and Kate McCann, whose daughter Madeleine went missing in 2007.

The inquiry will consider whether the current media regulatory regime has failed and will make recommendations for the future. The core participants will be allowed to submit questions to the inquiry as well as receive financial assistance.

Hollywood actress Sienna Miller, who settled a hacking case with the NoTW for £100,000, is also on the list, as is Max Mosely, former president of the FIA, who won a privacy case against the tabloid.

Several politicians have been invited to take part including Labour MP Chris Bryant who has long pursued the issue, along with former deputy prime minister Lord Prescott.

Ulrika Jonsson, former England footballer Paul Gascoigne, celebrity publicist Max Mosley, and layer Mark Lewis who has represented many hacking victims, are also named.

But there is no place for former News of the World editor Rebekah Brooks, who had asked to take part.

Justice Leveson said he did not believe it was "necessary or appropriate" to designate her as a core participant.

"She will doubtless have strong views on each aspect of the Inquiry but these views can still be expressed and are not necessarily of greater or lesser value than the views of editors of other broadsheet and tabloid papers," he said.

Full list of core participants:

1. Chris Bryant MP

2. Tessa Jowell MP

3. Denis MacShane MP

4. The Rt Hon Lord Prescott of Kingston upon Hull

5. Joan Smith

6. Christopher Shipman

7. Tom Rowland

8. Mark Lewis

9. Mark Thomson

10. Gerry McCann

11. Kate McCann

12. Christopher Jefferies

13. Max Moseley

14. Brian Paddick

15. Paul Gascoigne

16. David Mills

17. Sienna Miller

18. Hugh Grant

19. Ben Jackson

20. Ciara Parkes

21. Simon Hughes MP

22. Max Clifford

23. Sky Andrew

24. Ulrika Jonsson

25. Mark Oaten

26. Michele Milburn

27. Abi Titmuss

28. Calum Best

29. Claire Ward

30. Mary-Ellen Field

31. Gary Flitcroft

32. Ian Hurst

33. Shobna Gulati

34. Mike Hollingsworth

35. Kieron Fallon

36. Ashvini Sharma

37. Tim Blackstone

38. Valatina Semenenko

39. Sally Dowler

40. Bob Dowler

41. Gemma Dowler

42. Sheryl Gascoigne

43. Graham Shear

44. JK Rowling

45. James Watson

46. Margaret Watson