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Cullingworth and Denholme MP tears into judge at centre of press inquiry
2:13pm Thursday 17th October 2013 in News
MP Philip Davies – whose Shipley constituency includes Cullingworth and Denholme – clashed with Lord Leveson as controversy continued to rage over the judge’s inquiry into press abuses.
The Conservative MP launched a series of criticisms when the judge appeared before a Commons committee last Thursday, as the fate of his landmark report hangs in the balance.
Mr Davies tore into Lord Leveson, accusing him of producing a report that was unclear, saying: “It was clear to you perhaps, but not to anybody else!”
He refused to accept the report did not contain mistakes beyond typing errors and minor facts.
Mr Davies also criticised him for making recommendations on exemplary damages in libel cases on his “analysis” rather than on evidence and failing to listen to regional newspaper editors and publishers on the dangers to the industry of extra legal costs.
Lord Leveson became visibly annoyed during the exchanges. However, the judge also strongly defended his inquiry in evidence to the Commons culture select committee, insisting he was “proud” of it.