BCC Arranged Critical Longworth Interview

On Friday night the British Chambers of Commerce suspended their boss John Longworth for giving an interview on Thursday backing Brexit. The ensuing row and swift punishment would have you thinking he’d massively gone rogue. Not so.

BCC press officers contacted news organisations on Wednesday afternoon, the day before, offering Longworth up for interview. This is from the email the BCC sent to broadcasters:

I just wanted to check if you’d be interested in speaking to John Longworth, BCC DG, tomorrow morning at our annual conference.

So the BCC explicitly offered him up for interview, then suspended him for giving his view during that interview. What did they expect the long-time Eurosceptic was going to say?




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