Former Minister backs Cameron plan to defy Leveson.

Rumours are rife this morning that David Cameron could be set to defy Lord Leveson's forthcoming recommendations, another former heavyweight Tory is backing Cameron's stance.

Cabinet Minister David Hunt says that the press in Britain has been free since 1695 and that now is not the time to "muzzle it".

Lord Hunt tells today's Mail on Sunday "I have never been a journalist but when I was a Minister under Lady Thatcher and John Major newspapers kept me on my toes and it is precisely because of this that it would be inappropriate for politicians to legislate in order to muzzle the press."