Witness Statements and Hearing Transcripts:
26 June 2012:
HMRC submission by John Evans (HMRC) (taken as read) | Nigel Regan (taken as read) | Josh Halliday (taken as read) – Exhibit JH 1 (taken as read) – Exhibit JH 2 (taken as read) | Jillian Anne Brady – Exhibit JAB 1 | David Mellor | Norman Lamb MP – Exhibit NL1 (Part 1) – (Part 2) – NL 2 | Giles Crown – Exhibit GC1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 – 7 – 8 – 9 – 10 – 11 – 12 | John Lloyd | Transcripts: Morning Hearing 26 June 2012 ((Tim Colburne: page 53) | Afternoon Hearing 26 June 2012 |
• Norman Lamb MP claimed News Corp’s Frederic Michel indicated that the Sun and Times would turn on the Lib Dems if Vince Cable blocked the BSkyB takeover.
• Lamb said Nick Clegg was “horrified” at account of his “extraordinary” October 2010 meeting with News Corp’s lobbyist.
• The lawyer for the family of Sebastian Bowles, the British schoolboy killed in a Swiss coach crash in March, described their distress at media intrusion.
• Giles Crown, for the Bowles family, said they were “very distressed” at pictures published by the Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph.
• The Sun published a front-page picture of 11-year-old Sebastian after being asked not to, Crown said.
• The Daily Mail and Mail Online were accused of publishing private Facebook pictures of the Bowles family.
• Crown said Sun, Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph clearly breached the Press Complaints Commission editors’ code.
• Lord Justice Leveson said he was “concerned” that the PCC asked the Bowles family’s lawyer to draft its letter to the media.
• David Mellor said the exposure of his extramarital affair was small price to pay for press freedom.
• Tim Colbourne, special adviser to Nick Clegg, said News Corporation lobbyist Frederic Michel “overexaggerated” an account of their meeting in December 2010.
• A Virgin Atlantic lawyer confirmed an employee admitted to leaking celebrity flight details after a Guardian story.
• John Lloyd, from the Financial Times, said the newspaper industry wants to retain the right to behave irresponsibly.