The parents of Madeleine McCann, actor Hugh Grant and Harry Potter
creator JK Rowling were named today as core participants in the first
stage of the inquiry into the phone-hacking scandal.
of showbusiness will be well-represented with actress Sienna
Miller, was also listed in the group
They 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
footballer Paul Gascoigne; and Bob and Sally Dowler, the parents of
murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.
Inquiry chairman Lord Justice Leveson granted core participant (CP)
status for the first part of the inquiry, which will look at the
culture, ethics and practices of the press and its relationship with the
police and politicians.
The second part will examine the extent of unlawful or improper conduct
within News International and other media and organisations - and
consider the police investigation of claims against News International
and whether police received corrupt payments.
Others in the group of victims, who are likely to be represented by the
barrister David Sherborne, include serving Members of Parliament - Chris
Bryant, Tessa Jowell, Simon Hughes and Denis MacShane, and former MPs
such as Lord Prescott and Mark Oaten, who resigned as the Lib Dems' home
affairs spokesman in 2006 over an affair with a rent boy
The world of showbusiness will be well-represented with actress Sienna
Miller, PR guru Max Clifford, and model Abi Titmuss also listed in the
Football agent Sky Andrew, Coronation Street actress Shobna Gulati and
Christopher Shipman, son of mass murderer Harold Shipman, also made the
Lesser-known figures include intellectual property expert Mary-Ellen
Field and Ian Hurst, a former British Army intelligence officer.
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 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 (publishing company for the Guardian
and Observer) and Associated Newspapers (for the Daily Mail and Mail on
The Metropolitan Police was also given the status.
The judge said he might also allow non-core participants to make written
One omission from those given CP status was Rebekah Brooks, the former
editor of The Sun, The News of the World and chief executive officer of
Mrs Brooks was refused the status by Lord Justice Leveson, who said her
involvement was more focused on the second part of the inquiry.
The judge said: ''Mrs Brooks has very considerable knowledge and
experience; I hope and believe that her input into the inquiry will be
of enormous value but, at this stage and in the context of what I am
presently required to do, I do not consider that it is necessary or
appropriate to designate her as a core participant.''
He added Mrs Brooks's lawyer is able to apply to ask questions and she
can ''apply to put in written submissions at the end''.
Lord Justice Leveson, who was born in Liverpool and is chairman of the
Sentencing Council, said he was prepared to reconsider her status at any
Likewise, he refused the application of private investigator Jonathan
Rees, who was at one time employed by the News of the World.
Mr Rees's barrister argued he should be included for his insight into
how the press dealt with the public and ''negative aspects of its
relationship with the police''.
But the judge said he was not satisfied that Mr Rees ''has played such a
significant role, or has such a significant interest in the subject
Lord Justice Leveson, who led the prosecution of serial killer Rose
West, said writers' association English PEN and the Index on Censorship
were ''vitally concerned with issues surrounding freedom of expression''
but refused them core participant status.
He did however say they could submit evidence, attend and potentially
participate in seminars and apply to make closing representations.
On July 13 the Prime Minister announced that Lord Justice Leveson, 62,
senior presiding judge in England and Wales between 2006 and 2009, would
chair the far-reaching hearings.
The Leveson Inquiry is expected to last for several months and aims to
produce a report within a year.
David Cameron established the investigation under the Inquiries Act
2005, giving it powers to summon witnesses, including newspaper
reporters, management, proprietors, policemen and politicians of all
parties in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.