Deadline to implement report proposals urged

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The Press must be set a deadline to implement Lord Justice Leveson’s recommendations, campaign group Hacked Off said as it attacked the Prime Minister for his opposition to new laws.

The group, which represents victims of Press intrusion, said the Leveson report proposals were “reasonable and proportionate” and should be implemented as soon as possible.

Former Crimewatch presenter and police officer Jacqui Hames, a victim of phone hacking 
and spokeswoman for the group, said: “The judge had rightly 
condemned this outrageous conduct of the Press in the recent years.

“What is needed is a regulator which can properly and effectively protect the victims of Press misconduct.

“He has recommended that this be backed by legislation to protect the public and the Press.

“These proposals are reasonable and proportionate and we call on all parties to get together to implement them as soon as possible.”

Prof Brian Cathcart, director of Hacked Off, said Lord Justice Leveson had done his job – but that David Cameron had not.

“After a thorough and wide-ranging investigation Leveson has produced a thorough, balanced and powerful report,” he said.

“Lord Justice Leveson has done his job. He has given the Prime Minister a workable, proportionate and reasonable solution to the problems of Press abuse.

“The Prime Minister has not done his job.

“His failure to accept the full recommendations of the report is unfortunate and regrettable.”

Madeleine McCann’s mother Kate – a victim of some of the worst abuses of the Press – called on Mr Cameron to “embrace the report and act swiftly”.

She said: “I welcome Lord Leveson’s report and hope it will mark the start of a new era for our Press in which it treats those in the news responsibly, with care and consideration.”