Leveson report set to cause political storm
DAVID Cameron is facing a major storm over the Leveson report with deep divisions emerging in the coalition and his own party.
The Prime Minister issued a plea for political consensus on reforming newspaper regulation ahead of the judge's conclusions being published today.
However, the Liberal Democrats suggested yesterday they may refuse to allow Mr Cameron to make a sole response on behalf of the Government.
Conservative MPs were also ranged against each other amid speculation that Lord Justice Leveson will back statutory regulation of the press.
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Half-a-dozen advance copies of the report were delivered to Downing Street yesterday morning.
Mr Cameron and Nick Clegg have been poring over the weighty document trying to agree a joint approach.
Mr Clegg is reportedly ready to support the rapid creation of a regulator with statutory underpinning, a move that would be implacably opposed by many Tories, and Mr Cameron is thought to be resisting.
Aides have asked Speaker John Bercow whether Mr Clegg can make a separate statement to MPs if no deal has been struck by the time the premier gets to his feet at 3pm today.
A final decision will not be taken until senior ministers from both parties meet just before the report is published.
The regulation issue was raised as the Prime Minister took questions in Commons yesterday.
"What matters most I believe is that we end up with an independent regulatory system that can deliver and in which the public have confidence," he said.
Labour leader Ed Miliband said he wanted to see "real change".