Cameron gambles on MPs’ vote over press regulation | Media | The Guardian

David Cameron was facing a potentially damaging Commons defeat over the Leveson report after he startled his Liberal Democrat coalition partners by unilaterally announcing that he was curtailing months of talks on press regulation and would put his proposals to a vote in the Commons on Monday. The Lib Dems and Labour, after frantic consultations, announced they would table alternative amendments to introduce an element of statute and ensure the new press regulatory body was free from industry interference – two issues that the majority of newspaper proprietors have stoutly opposed. Ed Miliband accused the prime minister of a historic error. He said: “He has not just walked away from the talks – he has walked away from his own commitments to the press victims.” An angry Nick Clegg said Cameron was wrong to turn his back on cross-party talks at this critical point. “It’s not an issue which I believe should be the subject of party political point-scoring,” the deputy prime minister said.

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