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LEVESON INQUIRY:
CULTURE, PRACTICE
AND ETHICS OF THE PRESS

Core Participants

The Inquiry’s ‘core participants’ (CPs) are designated by the Chairman. An individual or an organisation can become a CP if they seem to the Chairman to meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • the person played, or may have played, a direct and significant role in relation to the matters to which the inquiry relates;
  • the person has a significant interest in an important aspect of those matters to which the inquiry relates; or
  • the person may be subject to explicit or significant criticism during the inquiry proceedings or in its report.

The Chairman considered applications from potential CPs at the start of each of the four Modules.  The various lists of CPs for the duration of the Inquiry are set out below.

Module One

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd;
  • Guardian News and Media Ltd;
  • The Metropolitan Police;
  • National Union of Journalists;
  • News International;
  • Northern and Shell Network Ltd;
  • Telegraph Media Group;
  • Trinity Mirror;
  • Core Participant Victims: all modules.

Module Two

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd;
  • Guardian News and Media Ltd;
  • The Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime;
  • The Metropolitan Police;
  • National Union of Journalists;
  • News International;
  • Northern and Shell Network Ltd;
  • Surrey Police;
  • Telegraph Media Group;
  • Trinity Mirror;
  • Victims (see under Module One above).

Module Three

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd;
  • Mrs Rebekah Brooks;
  • Government (the Prime Minister; the Deputy Prime Minister; the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport; the Secretary of State for Education; the Home Secretary; the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice);
  • Guardian News and Media Ltd;
  • The Metropolitan Police;
  • National Union of Journalists;
  • News International;
  • Northern and Shell Network Ltd;
  • Telegraph Media Group;
  • Trinity Mirror;
  • Victims (see under Module One above). 

Module Four

  • Associated Newspapers Ltd;
  • Government (the Prime Minister; the Deputy Prime Minister;  the Secretary of State for Culture, Media, Olympics and Sport; the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice);
  • Guardian News and Media Ltd;
  • Media Standards Trust;
  • The Metropolitan Police;
  • National Union of Journalists;
  • News International; 
  • Northern and Shell Network Ltd;
  • Press Standards Board of Finance;
  • Telegraph Media Group;
  • Trinity Mirror;
  • Victims (see under Module One above).

Counsel for Core Participants

  • Associated Newspapers – Jonathan Caplan QC and Sarah Palin;
  • Government – James Eadie QC;
  • Guardian News and Media Ltd – Andrew Caldecott QC and David Glen;
  • Metropolitan Police – Neil Garnham QC and Christina Michalos; 
  • National Union of Journalists – John Hendy QC and Lance Harris.
  • News International – Rhodri Davies QC, Anthony White QC and Anna Boase; 
  • Northern and Shell Network Ltd - James Dingemans QC;
  • Telegraph Media Group -  Gavin Millar QC;
  • Trinity Mirror – Desmond Browne QC;
  • Victims – David Sherborne and Sara Mansoori.

In addition, as at June 2012, the following applications for Core Participant status have been declined:

  • Daniel Adigwe;
  • Caroline Blood;
  • Sir Louis Blom-Cooper QC;
  • British Press Photographers Agency;
  • Bob Crow;
  • Farah Damji;
  • Elaine Decoulos;
  • Terence Ewing;
  • Moses Friday;
  • Government (the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills; the Secretary of State for Education; the Home Secretary and the Chancellor of the Exchequer – for Module Four);
  • Robert Henderson;
  • Mr R.W. Jackson;
  • Jonathan King;
  • Caroline Mikuta;
  • Jonathan Rees;
  • Michael Ward.