David Cameron accused of 'ripping heart and soul' out of Leveson probe

David Cameron

"He's also ripped out the heart and soul of the Leveson report and at the same time...," he was quoted as saying by the Guardian.

Mark Lewis, the solicitor who represents a number of phone-hacking victims, including the family of Dowler, said some of his clients were struggling to understand the prime minister's behaviour.

"The politicians were in on this and somebody independent was coming along and made recommendations and cautious optimism lasted for about 45 minutes and then the prime minister spoke and said well he's not actually going to implement a report that he instigated," Lewis said.

Meanwhile, following cross-party talks last night - which will resume next week - the Department for Culture, Media and Sport will begin the process of drawing up a draft bill implementing the Leveson recommendations.

It is thought the draft legislation may be ready in a fortnight, the BBC reported.

Miller said: "the gauntlet has been thrown down" to newspapers to outline how they would set up tough self-regulation instead.

But Gerry McCann, the father of missing Madeleine McCann, said the Leveson report has not "gone far enough".

She went on: "At this point what we should be focusing in on is the fact that the gauntlet has been thrown down to the industry.

"The press industry need to be coming back with their response to the Leveson report. Their response to how they're going to put in place a self-regulatory body that adheres to the Leveson principles and that is what I want to see moving forward swiftly."

Many of Friday's newspapers have praised Cameron's opposition to law-backed regulation.

But the father of Madeline McCann - the young girl who went missing in Portugal in 2007 - said he would have liked the report to have gone further.

"Although we broadly welcome Lord (Justice) Leveson's report, and it has many merits, for me, personally, I don't think the report has actually gone far enough," said Gerry McCann.

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