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West Norfolk MP backs opposition to press threat

Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham
Election Count at Lynnsport King's Lynn'Henry Bellingham

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham has pledged support to resist legislation viewed by many as a threat to press freedom.

The Leveson Commission on the conduct of the press recommended that newspapers should be forced to sign up to a Government-sponsored regulator to make sure they abided by tighter codes of conduct.

But the House of Lords recently supported Section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act that stipulated that if a newspaper failed to do such a thing then anytime they were taken to court – whether winner or loser in the case – it would be responsible for the costs.

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