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Press regulation deal agreed by political parties.

Summary: A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on measures to regulate the press.

A deal has been struck between the three main political parties on measures to regulate the press.

A Royal Charter agreement was reached in the early hours of Monday morning.

Labour leader Ed Miliband has said the new system would be "underpinned by statute" and would uphold the freedom of the press.

He has added that the press has "nothing to fear from what has been agreed.

"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."

However, Labour and the Tories have been embroiled in a war of words over the negotiations and have differing views over the argument for 'statutory underpinning.'

Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: "In effect what we have done is adopt the so-called 'Royal Charter plus' in full, which we published last Friday and it is underpinned by legislation - both to install a real system of costs and damages and crucially to make sure that future governments can't mess around with the Royal Charter in a way that everyone had concerns (about)."

Culture Secretary Maria Miller has said that it was "absolutely clear there is no statutory underpinning for the approach we are taking".

She said a clause in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill would only emphasise the fact that there can be no change to the charter.

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