The Leveson inquiry into phone hacking and British media culture continued Tuesday with testimony from Former Prime Minister John Major and Labour Party Leader Ed Miliband. Deputy Labour Party Leader Harriet Harman also testified.
Former P.M. Major admitted that during his time in office he was often “too sensitive” about the media reports written about him and felt the press and politicians should remain distant in their relationships. He added later that he wasn’t an admirer of some of the news practices of the Murdoch press, but recognized his influence as a businessman.
John Major served as the British Prime Minister from 1990 to 1997.
Next, British Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband testified and talked about conversations with James Murdoch and Rebekah Brooks over News Corporation’s bid to takeover British Sky Broadcasting. His testimony was followed by Deputy Labour Leader Harman, who discussed future considerations for press regulation and policy. She added that this inquiry shouldn’t lead to a press versus politician debate.
British Deputy Prime Minister and Liberal Democrats Leader Nick Clegg will testify Wednesday in London before the panel.
Last year, Prime Minister David Cameron appointed Lord Justice Leveson to oversee a committee examining the relationship between the press and celebrities, politicians and the police. More than 250 witnesses have testified before the inquiry, including “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, actor Hugh Grant, James & Rupert Murdoch and Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair.