Ex-min­is­ter to lead Press reg­u­la­tor IPSO

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A FORMER jus­tice min­is­ter is to take over as head of the Independen­t Press Stan­dards Or­gan­i­sa­tion.

Ed­ward Faulks will be­come the Press reg­u­la­tor’s chair­man on Jan­uary 1.

The older brother of nov­el­ist Se­bas­tian, he be­came a QC in 1996 and was ap­pointed to the House of Lords in 010.

He served as jus­tice min­is­ter from 014 to 016, but no longer takes the Con­ser­va­tive whip and now sits as an independen­t peer.

He will suc­ceed Sir Alan Moses, who be­came IPSO’s first chair­man in 014 when the reg­u­la­tor was set up in the wake of the Leve­son In­quiry. Lord Faulks said: ‘The free­dom of the Press is a cru­cial part of our democ­racy, but with that free­dom comes re­spon­si­bil­ity.

‘ The widely pub­li­cised abuses which led to the Leve­son Re­port made it es­sen­tial that there should be an independen­t and ef­fec­tive reg­u­la­tor, as IPSO is, to hold the Press to ac­count.

‘I will work for those that feel wronged, hold­ing pub­lish­ers to ac­count to the stan­dards en­com­passed in the Ed­i­tors’ Code.’

Sir Hay­den Phillips, chair­man of the IPSO Ap­point­ments Panel, said: ‘We are de­lighted to be able to ap­point some­one of Ed­ward Faulks’ au­thor­ity and cal­i­bre.

‘The strength of the field we were able to at­tract... re­flects the progress made in independen­t self-reg­u­la­tion of the Press un­der the lead­er­ship of Sir Alan.’

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