Lincoln MP Karl McCartney backs moves towards new Press regulation
Lincoln MP Karl McCartney has welcomed the proposed new system of Press regulation.
The country's three main political parties have struck a new to set up an independent regulator by Royal Charter following the phone hacking scandal.
The regulator would have powers to fine UK publishers millions of pounds and demand prominent apologies, but Party leaders insist the Charter would preserve the freedom of the Press while protecting victims of intrusion.
Mr McCartney said: "It is absolutely right that we put in place a new system of press regulation to ensure that such appalling acts of 'phone hacking can never happen again.
"That is why I support the proposal for a Royal Charter that will help deliver a new system of independent and robust Press regulation in this country.
"This system will ensure up-front apologies, million-pound fines, a self-regulatory body with independence of appointments and funding, a robust standards code, an arbitration service free for victims, and a speedy complaint-handling mechanism.
"Both I and the Conservative Party are of the view that we will do all of this without the need for statutory regulation, which I believe is neither practical – because voluntary self-regulation only works if those being regulated participate in it – nor right in principle.
"Indeed, the No Change clause specifically ensures that for generations to come Government Ministers cannot interfere with this new system without explicit and extensive support from both Houses of Parliament."
The deal has sparked fears of high libel fines for internet bloggers.