Govt will 'err on the side of freedom' - Hague
When it comes to regulation of the press the Government will "err on the side of freedom", William Hague has said.
But speaking to the BBC's Andrew Marr, the Foreign Secretary stressed that neither he nor the Prime Minister was aware of the content of the forthcoming Leveson report, so talk of a response was pure speculation. Last night Downing St insisted David Cameron was yet to decide whether the Government will back Lord Leveson if he recommends new laws to govern the press.
Speaking on BBC Radop 5 live this evening, London Mayor Boris Johnson said: “I’m a bit nervous that we are moving in the opposite direction to many other countries in the world, which are liberating the press and allowing free speech, and I think that statutory regulation is not something that I would support."
The Mail on Sunday reports that the Prime Minister is set to resist calls for any new legislation, but a No.10 spokesman told PoliticsHome: “The Prime Minister has not made any decisions about his response to the Leveson report and will consider it in due course.”
Speaking to Sky News Boris Johnson said that everyone would have to take the Leveson recommendations "very seriously" and that the Government should "jolly well" set up a tougher system of press regulation.