Leveson Inquiry

Witness Statements and Hearing Transcripts:

26 June 2012:

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Leveson inquiry: Giles Crown, Tim Colbourne, Norman Lamb appear

• 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.