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The amendment to the Crime and Courts Bill enabling the courts to impose exemplary damages was passed in the Commons tonight by 530 votes to 13.
The Tory MPs who opposed the exemplary damages measure were:
- Richard Bacon (S Norfolk)
- Christopher Chope (Christchurch)
- Tracey Crouch (Chatham and Aylesford)
- Philip Davies (Shipley)
- Nick de Bois (Enfield N)
- Andrew Percy (Brigg and Goole)
- Mark Reckless (Rochester and Strood)
- John Redwood (Wokingham)
- Andrew Turner (Isle of Wight)
- Martin Vickers (Cleethorpes)
- Charles Walker (Broxbourne)
- Sarah Wollaston (Totnes)
Nigel Mills (Amber Valley) voted both ways, the traditional way of registering an abstention.
Speaking to Tom Bradby on The Agenda former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott has said that, "I'm absolutely delighted to hear all the political leaders get up and say, 'let's have this Royal Charter' - it has got a statutory framework, but only a little bit."
Political Editor Tom Bradby says it is too early to tell which political party has emerged the strongest from the cross-party press regulation deal:
The success of the new system of press regulation will depend on how many newspapers sign up to it. Some of Britain's largest newspaper publishing groups say they are considering the deal, but may yet opt out.
UK Editor Lucy Manning reports:
The Daily Telegraph has said the cross-party deal on press regulation "deserves careful consideration."
It also says that the Prime Minister should admit the plans do involve legislation:
Richard Desmond, the owner of Express Newspapers, is said to have joined the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International in expressing concerns about the Royal Charter plan.
Lisa O'Carroll, a Guardian journalist specialising in media and tech, tweeted:
In the early hours of this morning the three main parties struck a fresh deal on press regulation in England and Wales.Press reform campaigners gave it a cautious welcome. David Cameron called on the press to make it work.
In a joint statement, representatives of some of Britain's largest newspaper publishing groups said they would need time to study the cross-party proposals before responding, noting that early drafts contained "several deeply contentious issues which have not yet been resolved with the industry".
The statement was issued by the Daily Mail Group, Telegraph Media Group and News International - the publishers of The Sun and Times newspapers - as well as the Newspaper Society and Professional Publishers Association.
The statement reads:
The draft Royal Charter on the self-regulation of the press was published today.
- To create a body known as the Recognition Panel
- To remain in place unless two-thirds of MPs and peers decide otherwise
- To impose "financial sanctions up to 1% of turnover attributable to the publication concerned with a maximum of £1,000,000"
- To be funded by public money “to commence its operations and thereafter fulfil its purpose for the first three years”
- To be governed by a board made up of a chair and at least four members
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David Cameron has insisted a cross-party agreement for a new system of press regulation protects the principle of the free press.
Labour says this is just the sort of legal under-pinning they were looking for but the Conservatives say that no such press law will exist.