Government suffers defeat in Lords as peers demand second phase of Leveson inquiry into media. Newly-appointed Culture Secretary Matt Hancock accuses upper chamber of voting 'to restrict press freedoms'.
Peers have inflicted a defeat on the Government in the House of Lords demanding Theresa May launch a second phase of the Leveson inquiry into the behaviour of the press.
The upper chamber voted by 238 votes to 209, defeating the Government with a majority of 29. It calls on the Government to investigate “corporate governance and management failures” in the press.
The crossbench amendment to the Data Protection Bill – supported by Labour and the Liberal Democrats – aims to hold a second phase of the Leveson inquiry, following the first that was set up by David Cameron in 2011.