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Parties at odds over press regulation deal.

Summary: There may be a cross-party deal on a new system of press regulation but whether it is underpinned by law is still being debated.

There may be a cross-party deal on a new system of press regulation but whether it is underpinned by law is still being debated.

Labour leader Ed Miliband said the royal charter would be underpinned by statute.

"Why is that important? Because it stops ministers or the press meddling with it, watering it down in the future.

"It will be a regulator, a system of complaints where the regulator has teeth so they can direct apologies if wrong is done and it is independent of the press, which is so important because for too long we have had a system where the press have been marking their own homework."

While Lib Dem leader Nick Clegg agreed with that view the Prime Minister did not.

David Cameron said: "What it is is simply a clause that says politicians can't fiddle with this so it takes it further away from politicians, which is actually, I think, a sensible step."

The row centres on a clause being inserted into the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill in the Lords later this afternoon.

It does not explicitly refer to the royal charter but Labour and the Lib Dems said the effect would be the same.

The PM is to give a statement to the House of Commons setting out details of the agreement. A spokesman said a revised version of the proposed royal charter will not give judges the power to "direct" newspapers on apologies.

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