The Conservatives in Brighton: Brooke cautious on press curbs

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Peter Brooke, who replaced David Mellor as Secretary of State for National Heritage when he resigned after newspaper stories about his mistress and a free holiday, cautioned against restrictions on the press yesterday.

Mr Brooke said: 'We must remember that, in a democracy, a free press is a crucial foundation of our freedom. If we seek to restrict that freedom, we must be quite clear about the difficult road down which we are departing.'