Hugh Grant joins media reforms push
Labour leader Ed Miliband will work with Hollywood star Hugh Grant on media reforms in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.
The actor, who has become a champion for the Hacked Off campaign that is pressing for tougher sanctions and restrictions on the Press, claims some newspapers will be "back to their old tricks" soon and questioned whether Labour MPs would still stand up to the media when the furore had died down.
Mr Grant met the Labour leader to press his case at the party's conference in Liverpool.
A senior Labour source said it was an "excellent meeting".
"Ed expressed his thanks for Hugh's work in the hacked off campaign and they said they would work together in future."
Addressing a Labour conference fringe event, organised by Hacked Off later, he conceded there were "people better qualified" to speak on the issue but went on to say he "humbly" wanted to make a few observations.
That included claiming many national newspapers operated on the same "business model" of "criminal appropriation" of private information as the now defunct News of the World.
He told delegates that as the Press was mainly right-leaning "the ball is in your court".
Referring to Lord Leveson's public inquiry into the scandal he said: "I suspect an awful lot of dirt will come out quite quickly and will continue to amaze the public."
He added that he hoped the "outrage will be kept alive for the duration" of the inquiry.