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Lib Dem Deputy opposed to statutory regulation of press

The Lib Dems Deputy Leader Simon Hughes told ITV1's The Agenda that he is opposed to the statutory regulation of the press.

He told ITV News Political Editor Tom Bradby: "There must be a strong argument for making sure we don't have a dominant force which runs all the channels so we don't have the choice, they influence too much and set the prices, set the agenda."

"There is the other issue which is about regulation... I'm not for having a statutory system but I am for having a system that says look there will be a fall-back."

Lord Justice Leveson's report is published on Thursday.

The Agenda is on ITV1 at 10.35pm and at 11:35pm in Scotland.


Miliband: Swiftly implement proposals if 'reasonable'

Labour Leader Ed Miliband urged that Lord Justice Leveson's proposals for future regulation of the press must be swiftly implemented - so long as they are "reasonable and proportionate".

Ed Miliband made his comments ahead of the Leveson Report's release on Thursday Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Mr Miliband warned that if the Government rejected the Leveson Report, victims of intrusion from the media would see it as a "breach of the promise" made in the wake of the phone hacking scandal.

Boris: 'You have to have a free press to have a free society'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson told ITV News, during a visit to India, that he did not "think it would be right to come up with statutory legislation" ahead of the publication of Lord Justice Leveson's report into press standards.

He added: "You need to have a free press to have a free society. If you want to keep the gutters of public life clean you need a gutter press."

Johnson: Leveson's report should be taken 'very seriously'

Mayor of London Boris Johnson has said Lord Justice Leveson's imminent report on the future of press regulation should be taken "very seriously".

He told Murnaghan: "The present system has obviously failed and it doesn't carry confidence with the public at large."

He added that he did not want politicians influencing the media's agenda.


David Cameron 'open minded' on Leveson report

Prime Minister David Cameron speaks during Prime Minister's Questions in the House of Commons. Credit: PA/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Prime Minister is keeping an open mind about the future regulation of the press and will make no decisions before he has had sight of Lord Justice Leveson's report, Downing Street insisted.

The newspaper claimed he would back a new, tougher model of self-regulation to replace the Press Complaints Commission - but with the threat that a statutory system could be brought in later if matters do not improve.

Leveson complained about Gove's remarks, reports the Mail on Sunday

Sir Jeremy Heywood is reported to have told Prime Minister David Cameron about the conversation.

"Our clear impression was that he was spitting tacks with Gove and was ready to resign unless the Minister was told to shut up," a Government source told the newspaper.

Mr Gove, a former journalist at the News Corporation-owned Times, told a Parliamentary Press Gallery lunch in February that he saw "dangers" in the inquiry into press cultures, practices and ethics.

Lord Justice Leveson instructed his officials to compile a full report of the comments and he phoned Sir Jeremy within 24 hours, it was reported.

Leveson 'quit threat' over Gove claim

The Mail on Sunday reports Lord Justice Leveson complained to Downing Street over claims made by Michael Gove. Credit: Sean Dempsey/PA Archive/Press Association Images

The Mail on Sunday reports that the judge leading the investigation into media ethics in the wake of the phone hacking scandal was poised to quit following a public attack on the probe by the Education Secretary.

Lord Justice Leveson complained to Downing Street's most powerful civil servant about claims made by Michael Gove that the inquiry had created a 'chilling atmosphere' towards freedom of Press, according to the Mail on Sunday.

In a telephone call with Cabinet Secretary Sir Jeremy Heywood he called for the Tory to be "gagged" and warned the inquiry was being undermined, it said.

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