Lib Dem pledge on press regulation
THE Liberal Democrats pledged to make sure legislation implementing the Leveson press regulation plan was drawn up "in good faith" in a further escalation of coalition tensions.
A spokesman for Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg dismissed Tory suggestions that a Bill was only being drafted to demonstrate the proposals were unworkable.
"The statement that this Bill is being drafted to show that it will not work does not reflect the position agreed by all three party leaders in the talks on Thursday," he said.
"And the Liberal Democrats in Government will ensure that the Bill is drafted in good faith. We owe that to the public and the victims."
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The intervention came as victims upped the pressure on David Cameron to abandon his resistance to statutory underpinning for a new regulator.
Gerry McCann, father of missing Madeleine McCann, said legal backing for any new system was the "minimum acceptable compromise for me and for many other victims" and urged the Prime Minister to "do the right thing".
"I would have liked to have seen a properly independent regulation of the press, whereas I think he has given the press another opportunity of self-regulation," he told BBC Radio 4.