'The government has been defeated in the House of Lords as peers backed a new Leveson inquiry into the behaviour of the press by 252 votes to 213.
The outcome puts the unelected chamber on course for a constitutional clash with the Commons, which had previously rejected a demand for a further investigation into the relationship between the media and police.
The amendment would force the government to establish a new inquiry into allegations of data protection breaches by national news publishers.
The government has said it will seek to overturn the decision, paving the way for a legislative tussle between the two houses, known as parliamentary ping-pong.
The Commons had voted down an attempt by ex-Labour leader Ed Miliband to amend the Data Protection Bill requiring an inquiry into press standards.
But the proposal was revived in a similar amendment to the same Bill in the House of Lords by Baroness Hollins, whose family was the victim of press intrusion.
The independent crossbencher argued an investigation into press ethics "continues to grow".
She said "adjustments" had been made to the amendment to meet previous concerns raised and bolster support, including excluding the local and regional press from the remit of the probe.'
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