Leveson Inquiry: Government Asks For Core Participant Status

04/05/2012 11:11
  • PA/The Huffington Post UK

The Government has applied to be awarded "core participant" status in the Leveson Inquiry ahead of key appearances next week.

If they are granted the status, the Government will be given the right to see Leveson Inquiry documents and witness statements in advance.

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

Core participant status would 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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