This House Believes the Press can't be trusted to behave properly on their own

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KATY BRAND is an English actress and comedian known for 'Katy Brand's Big Ass Show' and for Comedy Lab 'Slap'. She is currently performing in Katy Brand's Big Ass Tour 2010, working with international pop stars to make spoof music videos.

GIDEON BENAIM is a media lawyer and partner at Schillings, specialising in reputation protection for high-profile individuals including Roman Polanski, Naomi Campbell and Lance Armstrong. Recently, Benaim and Keith Schilling won a major privacy case establishing a law protecting children from intrusive paparazzi.

BOBBY FRIEDMAN has worked as a journalist for the BBC, most notably as a presenter/investigative reporter for the current affairs programme 'Spotlight' and a producer for 'Newsnight'. He is currently writing a biography of John Bercow. He is a former president of the Cambridge Union Society.

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LORD GUY BLACK of Brentwood is executive director of the Telegraph Media Group, a Conservative peer and former chair of the Press Complaints Commission. He is also chairman of the Commonwealth Press Union Media Trust, which seeks to enhance media freedom.

JULIET HERD is the international editor of Hello! magazine. She has upheld Hello!'s editorial concept of non-sensationalism, encouraging respectful coverage of celebrities and royals, and has also obtained major exclusives of Brad and Angelina's children and Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes' wedding.

PATRICK HAYES is a journalist and commentator. He works for the current affairs magazine spiked and think-tank the Institute of Ideas. He was previously head of research and development for the publishers of the Times Educational Supplement and Times Higher Education.

Ayes: 70
Noes: 58
Abstentions: 22