Nick Clegg: “Let Leveson speak”

The Leveson Report on the culture, practice and ethics of the press will be published today at 1:30pm.

Speaking to the BBC this morning Nick Clegg said,

I think we should leave Lord Leveson to speak for himself. But my views on this subject are well known.

I believe in a vigorous free press that holds the powerful to account and isn’t subject to political interference. But a free press does not and cannot mean a press that is free to bully innocent people, or free to abuse grieving families.

I hope when Lord Justice Leveson gives his full statement later today, we will remember the reasons why this inquiry was set up. These are things that can never be allowed to happen again.

Nick Clegg received a copy of the report yesterday, and is expected to make a statement in the House of Commons at around 4:15 this afternoon. Deputy Labour Leader Harriet Harman will respond to his statement, then MPs will put their questions to the DPM.

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