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Judicial Review granted on Leveson 2 inquiry

PERMISSION has been granted for a Judicial Review on the whether the decision to cancel "Leveson 2", the planned follow-up inquiry into the the culture, practices and ethics of the British press.

The Government announced in March that it was formally cancelling the inquiry, whose brief would have included "corporate governance and management failures" in Her Majesty's Press, with a focus on specific claims about phone-hacking at the News of the World and what went wrong with the original police investigation into phone hacking.

Campaigners with the Hacked Off group, including the parents of the missing child Madeleine McCann and former Bristol schoolteacher Christopher Jeffries convinced the High Court that the decision should be subject to a Judicial Review. This was on the grounds that the way in which the decision was made was, in the words of the claimants, "unlawful, irrational and unfair" and that it was "contrary to a substantive legitimate expectation enjoyed by the claimants" and contrary to the commitment made by the then Prime Minister.

The Judicial Review will now come before the High Court, with the "substantive claim" heard sometime in October, with no firm date yet. Watch this space.