Dear Mr Nott,
Thank you for taking the time to contact me about Part 2 of the Leveson Inquiry, which is scheduled to take place after all criminal proceedings relating to phone hacking and bribery have been concluded.
The Leveson Inquiry has always had my full support and that includes Part 2. As you say, the second part of the Inquiry is crucial in order to get to the root of the relationship between the press and the police, and to discover who was responsible for the failure over a number of years to investigate appalling and unlawful behaviour at some British newspapers. It must do all of the things that could not be done during Part 1, whilst prosecutions were pending.
Whilst both I and my party are absolutely committed to Part 2 taking place, at present it is difficult to say when this is likely to be. In the letter to the Prime Minister which prefaces Lord Justice Leveson’s report on Part 1 he said he was, “quite unable to say when it might be possible even to consider Part 2, let alone to decide how much more needs to be known about the subject matter which forms its basis”. I am afraid at present this is still the case, as court cases and the appeals process are likely to go on for some time.
Nonetheless, whatever the time frame, Leveson 2 must take place. Not only to answer the questions which still remain, but also to send a message to every victim and to all of the parties who let phone hacking go on that such behaviour is utterly unacceptable and will never be allowed to happen again.
Thank you again for contacting me about this issue. If I can be of assistance with any other matter please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Paul Murphy MP