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Pressure on attorney general to block Met move against press freedom

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Don Foster, a veteran Lib Dem MP who advises the culture secretary, Jeremy Hunt, informally on media issues, called on the attorney general to block the “extremely bizarre” use of the act. “I understand the attorney general has the opportunity to use this power,” Foster said after a fringe meeting, organised by the Hacked Off campaign, that was addressed by the actor Hugh Grant. “He should use it and say this is not in the public interest.”

Foster, who praised the Guardian for “fantastic journalism” in exposing phone hacking, found unanimous support at the fringe meeting when he asked whether the Guardian’s disclosure that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked - the revelation that prompted the police use of the Official Secrets Act - was justified. The MP said: “If it was in the public interest for the Guardian to do what they did, it is extremely bizarre, it is almost unheard of, for the Metropolitan police to have used the Official Secrets Act as the basis for seeking to get hold of the information they want.

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Hugh Grant condemns secrets act use

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Grant was also quizzed on how he would play David Cameron on screen.

He shot back: “I only ever play one role. Don’t be ridiculous.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said the force had applied for the production order under the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE), citing potential breaches of the Official Secrets Act.

The spokesman also stressed that the operational decision to seek disclosure had been taken by the senior investigating officer rather than the Met Commissioner.

Veteran Lib Dem MP Don Foster, the party’s culture spokesman, said attorney general Dominic Grieve should use his discretion to rule that invoking the Official Secrets Act was not in the public interest.

“I understand the attorney general has the opportunity to use this power,” Mr Foster told the Guardian. “He should use it and say this is not in the public interest.”

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Met police behaviour is worrying and deeply mysterious, says Hugh Grant

September 23, 2023 by admin in News

Grant spoke up as Don Foster, the veteran Lib Dem MP, said that the attorney general, Dominic Grieve, should use his discretion to rule that the use of the Official Secrets Act in this case was not in the public interest.

“I understand the attorney general has the opportunity to use this power,” Foster said after a fringe meeting, organised by the Hacked Off campaign, that was addressed by Grant. “He should use it and say this is not in the public interest.”

Foster, who praised the Guardian for “fantastic journalism” in exposing phone hacking, found unanimous support at the fringe meeting when he asked whether the Guardian’s disclosure that Milly Dowler’s phone had been hacked - the revelation that prompted the police use of the Official Secrets Act - was justified.

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