October 16th, 2012

CMS Select Committee Runners and Riders
Eight Tories Running for Three Places 

The Culture, Media and Sport select committee will give BBC director general George Entwistle the most humble day of his life next Tuesday, the day before the elections to  fill it with new faces. With the three promotions and a by-election,  four vacancies have opened up. Ben Bradshaw , the shunned former Culture Secretary, has replaced Tom Watson on the Labour side. Meanwhile the Tories who have publicly declared are:

  • Conor Burns – Tory A-lister turned Lords rebel Burns announced he would be standing earlier this month. Good opportunity to remain high profile.
  • Angie Bray – Needs a new job after being sacked as Frankie Maude’s PPS for voting against Lords reforms, while sources close to her have been pointing out her long media career.
  • David Morris – The Tory MP has thrown his hat in to the ring, and even has the backing of the Hoff. Rick Astley’s former keyboardist certainly used to sport a cultured mullet back in the day.
  • Jason McCartney – MP for Coln Valley, defected from LibDems in 2007. Former journalist and broadcaster for Radio Leeds.
  • Tracy Crouch – female ref and footy fan would certainly have the sport aspect sorted.
  • Mike Weatherly – The MP for Hove used to be Pete Waterman’s money man – another music industry expert.

Being the most famous select committee, CMS provides a major opportunity for some grandstanding. Guido hears there are eight Tories in the running to fill their three spaces, but CCHQ don’t have a complete list and nor do DCMS…

Who are they? Email Guido


  1. 1
    Labourunionsbbc we are one says:

    Didn’t bradshaw used to work for the rivisionist bradcasting company?


    • 4
      genghiz the kahn says:

      Bradshaw worked for the BBC from 1986 until he reached the Commons.

      Imagine Tw@son’s outrage if ex employees of Rupert Murdoch were asking questions about phone hacking.

      If Bradshaw has any integrity, he should keep clear of any investigations into the BBC cesspit.


      • 20
        Lady Virginia Droit de Seigneur says:

        Bradshaw’s civil partner works for the BBC as well.

        He is clearly conflicted


        • 25
          jgm2 says:

          I bet he’s not blocked though.

          Guido is hoping for a BBC bloodbath. I suspect it will all be very chummy indeed. Nice long-hops dispatched to the boundary by the BBC man.

          ‘Very regrettable, all in the past, lessons will be learned, time to draw a line, time to move on….’


          • Anonymous says:

            only the DG is vulnerable. everyone else could be bought out like the money thrown by the NI at their hacking targets.


        • 27
          Julian Poufntrauser says:

          Who is covering up for all the predatory homos?


    • 8
      ToonBert... says:

      Time for a public inquiry followed by an Inquiry into the enquirer ffs.


      • 18
        genghiz the kahn says:

        If Jason MacCartney MP is also ex BBC, is he a fit and proper person to consider its conduct?

        How many other MPs have worked for the Bloated Broadcasting Corporation?


        • 32
          Anonymous says:

          MacCartney only worked at BBC radio in Leeds for a year, followed by a stint at ITV.
          The committee needs members with varied media experience and it looks like he fits the bill.


  2. 2
    Mangy cat says:

    D’you think Ben Bradshaw would mind if I flanned him ?


  3. 3
    Kebab Time says:

    I think Conor Burns is destined for greater things.


  4. 5
    Where's Govey? says:

    Dozens of furious parents have withdrawn their children from a primary school after pupils were caught watching pornography on TV during a field trip.



  5. 6
    Loungelizard says:

    Perhaps they should haul Watson in and ask if during one of his many visits to the BBC he ever had his breasts jiggled by a top Dee Jaay?


  6. 7
    The "Roll"-meister says:

    Don’t you know I would move heaven and earth for David Morris? If there’s anything you need, David, all you have to do is say. It’s destiny calling, innit?


  7. 9
    Dave "Chutney" Cameron says:

    I was just finishing at an ATM machine when a man on crutches asked me if I could check his balance.
    So I pushed him over.


  8. 10
    David Cameron (aka Obnoxio The Clown) says:

    I was just finishing at an ATM machine when a man on crutches asked me if I could check his balance.
    So I pushed him over.


  9. 11
    ÁC1 says:

    That there is a state committee on media and sport says the state is FAR too big.


  10. 12
    Dave "Butch" Cameron says:

    Add to the 6 above

    Andrew Mitchell

    Peter Bone


  11. 13
    Nick Clegg says:

    What ….no libdems ??


  12. 14

    What about another former keyboardist of a well known group?


  13. 16

    Over 70 percent of abuses carried out on journalists are committed by Venezuelan government officials

    Could someone pass Hugo Chávez the address of Piers Morgan?


  14. 17
    Gonk says:

    Never trust anyone who can levitate apples.


  15. 19
    No More Labour says:

    If it had been Labour in power, they’d have happily sent McKinnon to be tortured and put on trial. I applaud Theresa May for doing the decent thing.


    • 30
      Anonymous says:

      The emotional weight in the UK is now against doing whatever the US desires.

      some action oriented Blairities like Hague have been a bit gung.ho but now simmered down.


  16. 21
    Anonymous says:


  17. 22
    Justice UK says:

    Our nominations for the Ernest Saunders memorial award for defendant of the year are;

    Gary McKinnon and Margaret Moran


  18. 23
    jgm2 says:

    Not a conventionally attractive woman is she?


  19. 33
    The savant says:

    How in the name of god. S holy trousers can a former rick Ashley keyboardist bamboozle the selection committee into allowing him to go forward as. Party candidate .

    And more importantly how can the constituents be so supine as to be Scammed into actually electing him

    The words.


    Spring instantly to mind .


  20. 35
    Anonymous says:

    Why would DCMS have a list, for goodness’ sake?


  21. 36
    Sir Jimmy Savile OBE says:

    Remember George, Freemasons stick together.
    I’ll be looking for the signal and the response and remember too that my 60 years of ‘memoirs’ are in safe hands,

    Swallows in distress.


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