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Leveson Inquiry: Government Ministers To Become 'Core Participants'

04/05/2012 15:25

Eight government ministers including David Cameron will be awarded "core participant" status in the Leveson Inquiry ahead of key appearances next week.

Leveson accepted David Cameron, Nick Clegg, Vince Cable, Jeremy Hunt, Michael Gove, Ken Clarke, Theresa May and George Osborne could get advance access to evidence, but stressed the need for confidentiality, saying: "Core participant status is not intended to give an advantage to core participants… It is not intended to represent a trap for unsighted witnesses who are not core participants."

The Government will now be given the right to see Leveson Inquiry documents and witness statements in advance.

The inquiry, headed by Lord Justice Leveson heard an application at 2pm on Friday afternoon for the government to be named as a "core participant" – for those who have a significant interest in the hearings or may face criticism.

Core participant status will also give the government the right to put questions to other witnesses through its lawyers.

Existing core participants for the inquiry's third module, looking at relations between the press and politicians, include Mrs Brooks, national newspaper groups and a number of current and former MPs.

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