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OTTAWA, ONTARIO–(Marketwired – April 27, 2013) - Canada is supporting the International Red Cross Movement in providing immediate lifesaving assistance in support of people affected by the earthquake in China’s Sichuan province, announced the Honourable Julian Fantino, Minister of International Cooperation.
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The government should do more to explain the new state pension system to the public, a cross-party group of MPs says.
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Lords rebellion means key part of Leveson proposals will be enacted and report cannot now be kicked into the long grass
A cross-party alliance of peers hasinjected new momentum into the stalling cross-party talks on the future of press regulation by passing a law to implement a key plank of the Leveson report.
In a massive defeat for the government – the second biggest rebellion against the coalition – peers voted by 272 to 141 to introduce a low-cost arbitration system for victims of press defamation. Newspapers that do not join the system will face higher damages if they are found to have defamed litigants.
The amendments to the defamation bill also include a skeleton system of press regulation and so represent the statutory rubicon David Cameron has promised he will not cross. The PM now faces the challenge of overturning these amendments when the bill returns to the Commons next month, placing an unmovable obstacle in the path of those who hoped to shepherd the Leveson report quietly and unremarked into long grass.
Labour welcomed the vote, saying it gave fresh momentum to the talks, but stressed they wanted to proceed on a cross-party basis.
In a half-hearted bid to quell the revolt, Lord McNally, the Liberal Democrat leader in the Lords, promised the much discussed government proposal for a royal charter to oversee press regulation would be published next week. But even he admitted that momentum had been absent from the cross-party talks.
Another round of cross-party talks will be held on Monday, but there is increasing scepticism that either the press industry or the Conservative side of the government are looking for an urgent solution. Ed Miliband has also let slip many deadlines to put the issue to a fresh vote in the Commons, but the peers vote ensures a deadline now exists.
The rebellion in the Lords included prominent Tories such as Lord Fowler, Lord Hurd and Lord Ashcroft, as well as more than 60 crossbenchers including Baroness O’Neill, the chair of the Equalities and Human Rights Commission and Baroness Boothroyd, the former speaker.
Explaining the need to introduce the low-cost arbitration service, the Labour backbench peer Lord Puttnam said: “As active members of this house, we have an obligation to act, and to be seen to act, on behalf of victims past, present and future. Anyone who reads the bill as it stands will not find so much as a hint of the fact that we live in a country that has spent much of the past two years debating the fallout directly attributable to the unaccountable power of newspapers over our public life and over the lives of ordinary citizens. It is almost as if Leveson never happened.”
“It offers us the opportunity to break the logjam that would appear to have afflicted both the talks between the newspapers and the government and the talks between the three main political parties themselves. At the very minimum, we would have the opportunity to make justice in disputes with newspapers quick and affordable. It will put into effect an arbitration system that would allow ordinary people to get redress if they are defamed”.
He added: “It goes without saying that the arbitration service would not be everything that Leveson recommends, but it is the element of Leveson that cannot happen without the support of parliament. The courts and the newspaper industry are unable simply to set up their own. Without statutory authority, the courts would not be able to give preferential treatment to those newspapers that used the low-cost arbitration service. Parliament would be giving power to the courts, and in doing so would be giving recognition to the newspapers’ own independent self-regulation body”.
Lord Fowler, a former Conservative party chairman, said: “The Leveson report was published at the end of November. We have waited and waited for action, but, instead, some newspapers, sensing a weakness of intent, have continued to attack Leveson in the most lurid and extreme manner, and often quite inaccurately”
He said the newspaper industry had imposed a news blackout on the cross party talks and the government had given no assurance it would act sensibly
Baroness Boothroyd said a new complaints procedure would change the culture of newspapers, adding “it will no longer suffice to be told that there will be an announcement ‘tomorrow’ … the amendments say quite clearly that time has run out and we must take action this very day”.
Lord Skildelsky pointed out that some peers had complained the amenedments amounted to “Leveson by the backdoor”. He responded “To my mind, that is an important merit of the bill because we are unlikely to get Leveson through the front door”. Lord Black, representing the newspaper industry, insisted there was no question of putting anything into the long grass.
He insisted: “It is going to happen; my lawnmower is out in force already. Media lawyers from across the industry are working flat out to establish a scheme that will be good for the public but not an intolerable burden on the regional press in particular. Crucially, we have to find a scheme that will not simply be a new cash cow for claims farmers”.
Harriet Harman lifts lid on all-party talks and says Labour is not persuaded by Royal Charter plan for press regulation
The shadow culture secretary, Harriet Harman, will on Monday put pressure on the government over the Leveson report into press standards by suggesting Labour will push for a parliamentary vote on the proposals in the next few weeks.
She will also reveal that Labour remains unpersuaded by government proposals for a body set up by royal charter to police an industry-led system of press regulation. She wants the government to publish its proposals so they can be scrutinised by the public.
She will outline her case in a speech at the Oxford media conference, which will be the first time Labour has lifted the lid on the all-party talks on Leveson.
Her tone suggests that the government has failed to create a cross-party consensus on press regulation.
Labour opposes a royal charter, but is divided over whether this is the best that is likely to emerge from the talks, and whether pressing for a stronger statute will backfire, with the loss of Liberal Democrat and Conservative support.
Harman will say: “The public must be able to scrutinise the proposals. And parliament – to whom Lord Justice Leveson trusted a key role in setting up the new system – must be able to decide.
“That’s why we will ensure that this will come back to parliament – with, if necessary, a debate and vote on one of our opposition days in February.”
The private cross-party talks have been under way for weeks with Labour pressing for a bill to set up an organisation to police a press regulatory body, in line with the Leveson report, and the government pushing an alternative regulatory body underpinned by a royal charter.
Oliver Letwin, David Cameron’s policy fixer, came up with the idea of a royal charter as a way of avoiding the introduction of statute to oversee the press.
Harman will say: “The most straightforward way of implementing Leveson is to have a single statute. And indeed we have drafted and published one. Hacked Off have drafted and published one and the government have drafted two which we have discussed in the talks, but have yet to publish them.”
She will add: “While the statutory route is straightforward the royal charter route is anything but. It is untried and untested and we are unpersuaded that it can do the job that Leveson proposes.
“Government has never before sought to legislate through a royal charter rather than through a bill in parliament. It is as yet unclear how the body established by charter could be funded.
Reflecting the Labour position in the private cross-party talks, Harman argues: “It would clearly need statute to stop ministers at some future event toughening or weakening its provisions by edict of the privy council. There would need to be statute to provide for the exemplary damages regime which would incentivise newspapers to join the self-regulator.
“Perhaps the most fundamental issue is whether the recognition body established by royal charter would survive any legal challenge.”
She will challenge the government to publish its royal charter proposals and accompanying draft clauses without delay.
She will explain: “While they have shared them with us in the talks, and with the newspaper industry, most MPs, peers, lawyers and others with an interest have yet to see them. Now they need to publish their charter and let it be subjected to public scrutiny.”
Harman suggests that Labour is not going to allow the talks continue indefinitely without a conclusion.
Previously, Labour leader Ed Miliband said he would use a Labour-staged debate before January to vote on Leveson, but the existence of the all-party talks has seen that deadline slip.
Harman will explain: “As we entered the cross-party talks, we set the government a deadline of the end of January to publish Leveson-compliant measures.
“We have had useful cross-party talks but it is now time for the government to have the courage of its convictions. We have – and have drafted and published our bill.
And while the talks have been useful and will continue, the elephant in the room – statute alone or statute and charter – must be discussed openly and agreed on by parliament.
She will add: “Evan Harris from Hacked Off, the campaign that has represented victims of press intrusion, said his group had sent detailed criticisms of the royal charter to government weeks ago, but had received no response. So far as we understand it Labour and the Liberal Democrats remain sceptical of the royal charter.
“We have published our proposals and are consulting on them until 15 February. We remain of the view that the Commons has got to decide on this issue soon.”
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