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Clegg defends behind-closed-doors Leveson talks

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended his and other political leaders' use of a series of behind-closed-doors discussions over Leveson reforms.

Speaking during his weekly appearance on London's LBC radio station, he confirmed he had held private talks along with Ed Miliband and described them as the "means rather than the ends" to establishing press regulations reforms.

The Liberal Democrat leader said he "sincerely hopes" a cross-party agreement can still be reached over Leveson rather than see the issue turned into a "political football".