THE parents of Madeleine McCann, actor
Hugh Grant, and Harry Potter creator JK Rowling have been named as core
participants in the first stage of the inquiry into the phone-hacking
Liverpool-born Kate McCann, and her
husband, Gerry, are among a group of ?victims? who will be represented
by a barrister and have the right to seek to cross- examine witnesses
and make opening and closing statements.
The group also includes Formula 1 boss
Max Mosley; Chris Jefferies, the former landlord of alleged murder
victim Jo Yeates; ex-England and Everton footballer Paul Gascoigne; and
Bob and Sally Dowler, the parents of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Core participant status was granted by
Lord Justice Leveson who will preside over the inquiry, the first part
of which will look at the culture, ethics and practices of the press and
its relationship with the police and politicians.
Although participants have the right to
seek to cross- examine, Lord Justice Leveson said he anticipated he
would ?significantly limit (if not refuse) such applications''.
He added he might also allow non-core
participants to make written closing submissions.
Others given the core participant (CP)
status include serving Members of Parliament ? Chris Bryant, Tessa
Jowell, Simon Hughes and Denis MacShane, and former MPs such as Lord
Prescott and Mark Oaten.
Actress Sienna Miller, PR guru Max
Clifford, and model Abi Titmuss were also listed as core participants
along with football agent Sky Andrew, Coronation Street actress Shobna
Gulati and Christopher Shipman, son of mass murderer Harold Shipman.
The inquiry would not be complete
without involvement from media groups and core participation status was
given to News International Group Ltd (owner of the News of the World,
the Sun, The Times and Sunday Times), Northern and Shell Network (owner
of the Express and Star titles), Guardian News and Media (for the
Guardian and Observer) and Associated Newspapers (for the Daily Mail and
Mail on Sunday).
The Metropolitan Police was also given
One surprise omission from the list was
Rebekah Brooks, former editor of The Sun, The News of the World and
chief executive officer of News International.
Mrs Brooks had asked for CP status, but
was refused by Lord Justice Leveson, who said her involvement was more
focused on the second part of the inquiry.
Liverpool-born Lord Justice Leveson,
chairman of the Sentencing Council, said he was prepared to reconsider
her status at any stage. The Leveson Inquiry is expected to last for
several months and aims to produce a report within a year