Prime Minister David Cameron is opposing the propositions put forward in the Leveson Report with regard to legislation to back-up a new independent media regulator.
Cameron, who would have been relieved that Leveson rejected claims of an inappropriate relationship between the Government and News International over the BSkyB takeover, still said that he has “serious misgivings and concerns” about any legislative addition to press regulation. He has offered the press the chance to come forward with proposals for regulation that would have some teeth, without the need for regulation.
Deputy Prime Minster Nick Clegg supports all of Leveson’s proposals, saying legislation is “the only way to guarantee” that the press could be kept in check after the PCC failures over phone hacking. Labour leader Ed Miliband has also made his position clear in supporting legislation of the press.