McCanns hit out at press ‘compromise’

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Plans for a new press regulator backed by a Royal Charter are “a compromise of a compromise” that do not go far enough in holding the press to account, the parents of Madeleine McCann said yesterday.

Gerry and Kate McCann hit out at Tory plans, saying they lacked transparency and gave newspapers a last chance at self-regulation they did not deserve.

The main political parties appeared last week to be nearing agreement on plans for a Royal Charter that would oversee a new press watchdog. Labour and the Liberal Democrats gave a cautious welcome to the Tory proposals.

Mr McCann said:“They are ­getting a last chance at self-regulation which for me was actually a step too far.”