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Gove defends free press over Daily Mail's Miliband story

2 October 2013 Last updated at 15:10 BST

Newspapers should not apologise for being an "effective check on the arrogance of politicians" said the education secretary, when asked about Daily Mail coverage of Ed Miliband's late father.

Michael Gove said Britain needed a free press that was "robust, sometimes raucous... and will sometime offend" and politicians should not tell newspaper editors how to do their job.

Mr Gove, a former journalist whose wife writes for the Mail, said a free press could be upsetting but "that's the price we pay for liberty".

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