The transcripts of the official inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press. More…

I didn't want to come to this Inquiry today being perceived as someone who's in denial, that everything's been okay, that things can't change. That would be wrong. That's what I'm saying. I believe that the main issues around hospitality, which you've been considering in this Inquiry, it's about the closeness and the intensity of that hospitality. I think that's a key issue for me, something I've been mindful about anyway but it's something which needs to be formalised.

I'm very concerned about moves to ban all informal contact. I think that's wrong. That's not going to serve the public interest. And I am concerned that if draconian rules are brought in banning informal contact between the police and the media, then genuinely that the police will not necessarily be better for it, and the public will be worse for it as well.

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