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Two major events today

firstly Four Daily Mirror Journalists arrested, first thing this morning.

Operation Weeting: four arrests over alleged Sunday Mirror phone hacking | UK news |

Four current or former Mirror Group Newspapers journalists, thought to have worked at the Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2004, have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept telephone messages.

Detectives from the Metropolitan police arrested three men and a woman in what it alleged was a "separate conspiracy" to the phone-hacking scandal at the News of the World.

The four were all held in dawn raid arrests across London on Thursday and are being interviewed at police stations across the capital.

this includes the first national newspaper editor to be arrested (How the Suns editor hasn't so far as you would think he's financially responsible for all of the  illegal mpayments made under his watch)

Phone hacking: first serving national newspaper editor arrested | UK news |

The Sunday People editor, James Scott, is understood to have become the first serving newspaper editor arrested over alleged phone hacking, relating to his time at the Sunday Mirror a decade ago.

Scott was one of four former Sunday Mirror senior journalists understood to have arrested in dawn raids on Thursday. It is understood that Tina Weaver, the ex-Sunday Mirror editor, Nick Buckley, the deputy Sunday People editor, and Mark Thomas, the former People editor, were arrested along with Scott on suspicion of conspiracy to intercept voicemail messages.

The Metropolitan police said the alleged conspiracy mainly concerned the Trinity Mirror-owned Sunday Mirror between 2003 and 2004 as it announced a fresh arm of its major phone hacking inquiry.

and in other large news Talks on the implementation of Press regulation have this morning collapsed.  

David Cameron's press conference on Leveson: Politics live blog | Politics |

• David Cameron will asks MPs to vote for a "royal charter" model of press regulation. This has been dubbed Leveson lite, an attempt to introduce a new form of press self-regulation (as proposed by Leveson) with minimum legislation. There would be a new press regulatory body, overseen by a royal charter. Cameron said that this would be the most "workable" solution because there would be no point going for a tougher form of regulation that did not have the support of the press.

• Labour and the Liberal Democrats have both expressed disappointment that Cameron pulled the plug on the cross-party talks. Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg held a conference call on the phone for about half an hour at 9.45am this morning. Miliband and Clegg were suprised by Cameron's decision to push this to a vote now.

• Labour and the Lib Dems have not yet said how they will vote on Monday. If they combine forces, they can probably beat the Tories, because there are 304 Tories, 257 Labour MPs and 57 Lib Dem MPs, but only just - and we don't know how the minor parties would vote.

Cameron held a rather rattled press conference, in which he managed to fail to ask  any tabloid papers to ask questions.  (perhaps he's doing all the talking he needs to behind closed doors)

8:47 AM PT: Twitter / HackedOffHugh: Rumour in Westminster that ...

Rumour in Westminster that editor of Times instructed Cameron to call off talks. And our PM did as he was told. Murdoch rules. Still.


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