Differences between Clegg and Cameron's stance on Leveson report 'inevitable'

Nick Clegg and David Cameron Photo: REUTERS/Tim Ireland/POOL

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg will make a separate statement in the House of Commons this afternoon after the publication of the Leveson report.

He will stand at the dispatch box after the Prime Minister's statement, Ed Miliband's response and questions from backbenchers. That is likely to happened after 4 o'clock.

I understand there will be differences.

Sources close to the Deputy Prime Minister say that is inevitable given the report by Lord Justice Leveson runs to 2,000 pages.

And the language in Mr Clegg's statement will reflect the points of agreement and difference between him and Mr Cameron.

Lord Justice Leveson will make recommendations based on his eight-month inquiry Credit: Leveson Inquiry

Asked why the Government has requested an additional statement, Mr Clegg's aides say that this report is without precedent and it is important that all three party leaders are able to set out their position.

The two leading figures in the coalition met last night after receiving copies of the report yesterday lunchtime.

Mr Cameron and Mr Clegg will meet again this morning before the special coalition cabinet committee, which meets at midday to agree the Government's position.

On the Liberal Democrat side, the Deputy Prime Minister will be joined by the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, the Business Secretary Vince Cable, the Scottish Secretary Michael Moore and Mr Clegg's parliamentary private secretary Jo Swinson.