Tory CMS Wannabes Standing on BBC Scrutiny Platform

Last week Guido brought you the runners and riders trying to get on to the high-profile Culture Media and Sport Select Committee. Now two of the Tories standing for election for have announced that they are putting BBC scrutiny at the heart of their campaigns. David Morris and Alun Cairns are both calling for more Parliamentary scrutiny of Aunty. Former musician David Morris tells Guido  “Its clear that the leadership of the BBC has been unaccountable for far too long. The fact that MPs are barred from tabling questions to the BBC is crazy.” While Alun Cairns is promising to:

  • “Reduce the dominance of the BBC that squeezes out  competition. 
  • Ensure that the BBC shows the same investigative rigour to its own in-house matters as it does to other individuals and organisations.
  • I have a ten minute rule bill scheduled for 21st November to force the BBC to publish all invoices over £500.  Until now they have refused my calls.”

The elections take place on Wednesday, after Entwhistle’s grilling tomorrow, sadly.




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Jo Swinson on Chris Rennard…

“Vince — and Tim before him — have repeatedly, publicly said Rennard is not welcome anywhere near their frontbench team, even as an adviser. I remain deeply frustrated that he was not expelled from the party through its disciplinary process. It just feels wrong, and I do not want Lord Rennard to continue as a member of the party. As far as I am concerned, he is not welcome.”

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