Politics 1 July 2013 What happened to Cameron's monthly press conferences? Nick Clegg started a new monthly press conference today but Cameron hasn't held one since July 2011. Print HTML Nick Clegg has just finished the first of what we are promised will be a series of regular monthly press conferences. But while the Deputy PM seems ever keener to expose himself to scrutiny (he already hosts the weekly "Call Clegg" on LBC), in his own version of Tony Blair's "masochism strategy", David Cameron is proving more evasive. After entering Downing Street, Cameron continued to hold a monthly press conference, as Tony Blair and Gordon Brown did, but they became increasingly rare and it's now nearly two years since one was last held (on 8 July 2011); the hastily-arranged conference on Leveson in March doesn't really count. Journalists were given precisely half an hour's notice. So, could Clegg's openness encourage the PM to think again? It seems unlikely. When I spoke to Downing Street earlier, a spokesman simply replied that Cameron "regularly talks to the media". › Social Sentiment Analysis: Robson, Murray and Janowicz: Brought to you by Wimbledon Insights. David Cameron, pictured at his most recent Downing Street press conference on 8 July 2011. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell members: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?