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Press regulation system delayed by Government

The Government is to delay the presentation of its proposed Royal Charter to underpin a new system of press regulation to the Privy Council.

The charter had been due to be presented to the Queen by the Lord President of the Privy Council, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, for approval on May 15.

However, Downing Street said last night that it had been put back in order to give more time for consideration of an alternative charter put forward by the industry.

The move was welcomed by the Newspaper Society, representing the industry.

But the Hacked Off campaign said only the Government version would meet the requirements of the Leveson Report on press standards.

The alternative version - which has the support of most national, regional and local newspapers - is currently open for comment on the Privy Council website until May 23.

Report: Labour try to exempt blogs from regulation

The Daily Mirror political correspondent Tom McTague is reporting that Labour is trying to change the plans for press regulation to exempt blogs:

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Labour table amendment to Royal Charter proposals due to be debated int the Lords on Mon. Means blogs etc to be exempt from watchdog remit

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Lab's Leveson clause removes any site "written by one person.. where financial turnover .. is small or site not run primarily for profit.”

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The Royal Charter clause also covers "small blogs.. edited with a series of contributors"

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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".

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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."

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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.

According to a report in the Mail on Sunday, David Cameron will reject full-blown state regulation.

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.

Met's John Yates refused to hand over phone records

Former Assistant Commissioner Bob Quick told the Leveson Enquiry that he had wanted John Yates' phone records to be seized in 2007. This was part of the investigation into allegations that details of the cash-for-honours investigation were being leaked by the Met.

Mr Quick alleged that Mr Yates - who was then Assistant Commissioner - had refused to give permission, saying that he was "very well connected".

When I questioned this remark, he emphasised: 'No, Bob, I'm very well-connected' ... I didn't place huge significance on it at the time. I thought it was a bit of theatre.

On the basis of his reaction, Mr Quick alleges that Met deputy commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson decided not to investigate the phone records.

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