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Leveson talks to resume

Leveson talks to resume
Downing Street has insisted that David Cameron is approaching cross-party talks on Lord Justice Leveson's proposals "in good faith" but said he continues to oppose statutory underpinning of press regulation.

Party leaders will today resume talks to try to reach agreement on implementing Leveson's recommendations for press regulation, while MPs will debate the report today, although there will not be a vote.

Labour says it has already begun work on its own draft bill in parallel to the one being drawn up by Nick Clegg and David Cameron, who has already expressed his "misgivings" about legislation.

The Prime Minister's Official Spokesman said today: "We are approaching those talks in good faith and we will draft the legislation accordingly. Clearly, the Prime Minister's view... is that it is likely that legislation will be quite complicated in practice. But we are progressing the work and we will continue the talks."

The spokesman said there was "no specific timetable" for completing the talks.

Downing Street has also confirmed that the Prime Minister will meet tomorrow with a number of editors to discuss the Leveson report. The meeting will be hosted by Culture Secretary Maria Miller, with Mr Cameron expected to attend part of it.

The latest developments come after one of Lord Leveson’s advisers expressed confidence that newspapers will “rise to the challenge” and set up an improved regulatory body.

Director of Liberty Shami Chakrabarti this morning reiterated her opposition to the possibility of the “compulsory ethical regulation of the press”, but emphasised that Lord Leveson had not recommended that.

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