Celebs, victims selected to join in phone-hack probe


Former News International boss Rebekah Brooks will not take part in a judicial inquiry into culture, practices and ethics of the British press.

Brooks, who resigned from her job at NI in July after closing the “toxic” News of the World as allegations of widespread phone-hacking practices at the Sunday tabloid unfolded, had sought core participant status in the Leveson inquiry.

A list was published today confirming which individuals and organisations would be granted such status, following public submissions and written applications received by Lord Justice Leveson on 6 September.

“It is important to underline that part one of this inquiry is not concerned with the apportionment of personal or corporate responsibility,” said Leveson in his ruling.

He added, however, that he planned to keep core participant status submissions under review.

“If the inquiry proceeds along lines that cause me to consider that my view should be changed, I shall invite further representation. At each stage I will consider any application entirely on its merits,” Leveson said.

The inquiry will scrutinise three other areas: the press and the police; the press and politicians; and “the future”.

In July Leveson confirmed a wide-ranging probe into the relationship between the press and public and issues of press regulation. He has the power to force witnesses to attend hearings.

He said at the time that he would be investigating why the 2005 Motorman investigation by the Information Commissioner’s Office that highlighted what the watchdog described at the time as the “unlawful trade in confidential personal information” was never followed up.

As the scandal exploded at News International, which is the sister company of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp, Prime Minister David Cameron backed calls for public inquiries into the “absolutely disgusting” phone-hacking allegations against the News of the World.

Cameron said at the time that he wanted inquiries not only into those claims against the tabloid but also into the original police investigation as well as consider broader journalistic methods employed by newspapers.

“We are no longer talking here about politicians and celebrities, we are talking about murder victims, potentially terrorist victims, having their phones hacked into. It is absolutely disgusting, what has taken place”, he said in July.

Core participants in this stage of the Leveson inquiry will include victims of press intrusion. Here’s the full list:

1 Chris Bryant MP

2 Tessa Jowell MP

3 Denis MacShane MP

4 The Rt Hon Lord Prescott of Kingston upon Hull

5 Joan Smith

6 Christopher Shipman

7 Tom Rowland

8 Mark Lewis

9 Mark Thomson

10 Gerry McCann

11 Kate McCann

12 Christopher Jefferies

13 Max Moseley

14 Brian Paddick

15 Paul Gascoigne

16 David Mills

17 Sienna Miller

18 Hugh Grant

19 Ben Jackson

20 Ciara Parkes

21 Simon Hughes MP

22 Max Clifford

23 Sky Andrew

24 Ulrika Jonsson

25 Mark Oaten

26 Michele Milburn

27 Abi Titmuss

28 Calum Best

29 Claire Ward

30 Mary-Ellen Field

31 Gary Flitcroft

32 Ian Hurst

33 Shobna Gulati

34 Mike Hollingsworth

35 Kieron Fallon

36 Ashvini Sharma

37 Tim Blackstone

38 Valatina Semenenko

39 Sally Dowler

40 Bob Dowler

41 Gemma Dowler

42 Sheryl Gascoigne

43 Graham Shear

44 JK Rowling

45 James Watson

46 Margaret Watson


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