North Herefordshire MP Bill Wiggin has today welcomed the Government’s decision to hold a public consultation on the Leveson inquiry and its implementation.

The consultation will look at two issues that relate to the Inquiry: the different options for the commencement of section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act 2013 (Award of costs) and whether proceeding with Part 2 of the Inquiry is still appropriate, proportionate and in the public interest.

During a House of Commons debate on Press Matters, Bill Wiggin MP asked Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, The Rt Hon Karen Bradley MP:

“I really welcome the comments of my right hon. Friend about effective and robust regulation. It is crystal clear that IPSO does neither of those. Will she do all she can to ensure that low-cost arbitration is on the top of her list?”

The Secretary of State replied:

“My hon. Friend makes an important point. We do want to see all people, no matter what their background, being able to get appropriate redress and arbitration that is effective and works.”

Following the debate, Bill Wiggin MP said

“It is absolutely necessary to consult on these issues. I cannot stress enough the importance of low-cost arbitration as currently we have a system in which only the very wealthy can afford court cases.

I am determined to see all victims have access to low cost arbitration with newspapers when errors are made.”