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PCC hits back at claims that public has lost confidence

MPs said phone-hacking scandal has damaged Press Complaints Commission's reputation.

The Press Complaints Commission has hit back after MPs claimed last week that confidence in the watchdog has plummeted in the wake of the phone-hacking scandal.

Last month Labour leader Ed Miliband called for an independent review of press regulation and at a Commons debate Conservative MP John Whittingdale - chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee - said the phone-hacking revelations had led to the greatest ever loss of confidence in the system of press self-regulation.

PCC director Stephen Abell told Press Gazette that the body had last month conducted "nationally representative polling" which showed that 79 per cent of people have no concerns over confidence in the PCC (meaning they were either very confident, confident, or neutral).

Read more at the Press Gazette