Shipley MP opposes media regulation plan

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Philip Davies opposes media regulation plan Philip Davies opposes media regulation plan

Philip Davies has urged ministers to call a halt to new rules to regulate newspapers, described as an attack on 300 years of press freedom.

The Conservative MP intervened in a Commons debate to demand that “not a penny of taxpayers’ money” is spent on the controversial Royal Charter.

The Charter – in the wake of the Leveson inquiry – was given the go-ahead last month, when the Queen gave her consent at a meeting of the Privy Council.

But Culture Secretary Maria Miller suggested it could be redundant if a new voluntary standards body, planned by newspaper groups, is set up in a satisfactory way. Supporters of the proposed Independent Press Standards Organisation (Ipso) argue it would avoid giving politicians a worrying influence over the press.

During the debate, Mr Davies said: “Not a penny of taxpayers’ money should be spent on setting up a recognition panel, which the secretary of state accepts might be entirely redundant.”

In reply, Culture Minister Ed Vaizey could not rule out that taxpayers’ money would be spent – or that it had been spent already.

The Ipso plan was rejected by ministers, despite its promise to expose newspapers to £1 million fines for wrongdoing.

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11:40am Fri 6 Dec 13

freespeech says...

This comes from a man who had voted for his 11% pay rise (to go up to £74,000) and more lucrative expenses. I want to know exactly how independent the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is. Hang your head in shame Mr Davies MP I am one of the many constituents that feel you, and your peers are well out of touch, roll on the next election.
This comes from a man who had voted for his 11% pay rise (to go up to £74,000) and more lucrative expenses. I want to know exactly how independent the Independent Parliamentary Standards Authority is. Hang your head in shame Mr Davies MP I am one of the many constituents that feel you, and your peers are well out of touch, roll on the next election. freespeech

5:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

BertSanders says...

The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc.
Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor?
The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc. Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor? BertSanders

7:26pm Fri 6 Dec 13

freespeech says...

BertSanders wrote:
The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc.
Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor?
The press isn't free! Don't fool yourself.
[quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc. Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor?[/p][/quote]The press isn't free! Don't fool yourself. freespeech

8:24pm Fri 6 Dec 13

BertSanders says...

freespeech wrote:
BertSanders wrote:
The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc.
Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor?
The press isn't free! Don't fool yourself.
The Press is free to the point that can say what it likes SUBJECT TO THE LAW. Since you respond to my comment - why is the MPs salary a factor?
[quote][p][bold]freespeech[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BertSanders[/bold] wrote: The Press must be free - we would not have heard about MPs expenses etc. Investigative jjournalism is essential. How does the MPs salary become a factor?[/p][/quote]The press isn't free! Don't fool yourself.[/p][/quote]The Press is free to the point that can say what it likes SUBJECT TO THE LAW. Since you respond to my comment - why is the MPs salary a factor? BertSanders

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