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BBC Consultation

I have had a number of emails regarding the public consultation on the BBC’s Royal Charter. As such, I have set out my views on the topic here. As a former journalist I fully appreciate the important role the BBC plays, both as a media outlet and more widely as a valued British institution. I worked…

Freedom of Information

I have received a large number of emails asking where I stand on this issue, and have therefore chosen to express my thoughts here. The Government has set up a Commission chaired by Lord Burns to review the Freedom of Information Act and if they think necessary, to recommend changes. The oral evidence sessions finished at…

Leveson Incentives

Some constituents have contacted me about section 40 of the Crime and Courts Act, and the related issue of ‘Leveson incentives’. I am sure every one of my constituents agrees that free speech underpins our democracy, and I am pleased that the Government has always been clear that it is vitally important to uphold it.…

Israel and the BBC

Thank you for contacting me about the BBC. The BBC is operationally, editorially and managerially independent of government. There is no provision for the Government to intervene in the Corporation’s day-to-day operations. However, I agree that the BBC must ensure that controversial subjects are treated with due accuracy and due impartiality in news or other…

TV Licences

Like many other MPs, I choose not to sign EDMs as unfortunately they have fallen into disrepute in recent years. This is due to the fact they cost around £400,000 a year to administer and have little legislative effect. As you know, the decision on TV licences is now the responsibility of the BBC’s Board…