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

The very strong view of the department throughout this process led by the Secretary of State was that our job here was to conduct a scrupulous process, to consider the issues on the basis of the evidence in front of us, to reach a fair and unbiased decision, and that was the Secretary of State's overriding concern, to my observation, at every stage throughout this, and he was very concerned about how to manage and achieve that, given that he well understood that the process would almost -- almost whatever he did, come under sustained political and press attack, and that is why he chose to go down the road of seeking independent advice from the independent regulators at every stage before every substantive decision, and also seeking to clear every significant move he made at every stage with legal advisers, and indeed he was most insistent we brought in external expert counsel.

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