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BBC Impartiality

EDM number 115 in 1996-97, proposed by John Gunnell on 31/10/1996.

That this House congratulates the BBC on its thorough, well informed and, in general, politically well-balanced coverage of news and current affairs; notes that Sir Stanley Kalms is a generous donor to the Conservative Party, was vice-presid ent of the 45th Conservative Party Winter Ball fundraiser, is in charge of a Conservative Party Unit seeking business endorsements and is actively involved in the production of Co nservative Party campaigning material; in light of this, considers that Sir Stanley cannot be considered impartial on matters of party political debate; consequently expresses serious concern about the BBC's use of Sir Stanley as an expert business commentator in a 6 o'clock news report on the recent interest rate rise as well as in other news reports; and calls upon the BBC to take action to ensure that the political impatiality for which it is rightly renowned is extended throughout its news coverage.

This motion has been signed by a total of 62 MPs.

John Gunnell31/10/1996Leeds South and MorleyProposed
Bill Olner31/10/1996NuneatonSigned
David Winnick31/10/1996Walsall NorthSigned
Alan Wynne Williams31/10/1996CarmarthenSigned
Don Touhig31/10/1996IslwynSigned
Paddy Tipping31/10/1996SherwoodSigned
Win Griffiths31/10/1996BridgendSigned
Neil Gerrard31/10/1996WalthamstowSigned
Paul Flynn31/10/1996Newport WestSigned
Derek Fatchett31/10/1996Leeds CentralSigned
Angela Eagle31/10/1996WallaseySigned
Gwyneth Dunwoody31/10/1996Crewe & NantwichSigned
Jim Dowd31/10/1996Lewisham WestSigned
Richard Burden31/10/1996Birmingham, NorthfieldSigned
George Mudie31/10/1996Leeds EastSigned
Michael Martin31/10/1996Glasgow, SpringburnSigned
Alice Mahon31/10/1996HalifaxSigned
Denis MacShane31/10/1996RotherhamSigned
Eddie Loyden31/10/1996Liverpool, GarstonSigned
Lynne Jones31/10/1996Birmingham, Selly OakSigned
Brian Jenkins31/10/1996Staffordshire South EastSigned
David Jamieson31/10/1996Plymouth, DevonportSigned
Robert Hughes31/10/1996Aberdeen NorthSigned
Keith Hill31/10/1996StreathamSigned
Alan Simpson31/10/1996Nottingham SouthSigned
Gordon Prentice31/10/1996PendleSigned
Raymond Powell31/10/1996OgmoreSigned
Peter Pike31/10/1996BurnleySigned
Harry Barnes01/11/1996North East DerbyshireSigned
John Evans04/11/1996St Helens NorthSigned
Peter Hardy04/11/1996WentworthSigned
Nigel Jones04/11/1996CheltenhamSigned
Mike Watson05/11/1996Glasgow CentralSigned
Audrey Wise05/11/1996PrestonSigned
Tony Banks05/11/1996Newham North WestSigned
Norman Godman05/11/1996Greenock and Port GlasgowSigned
Ian Davidson05/11/1996Glasgow, GovanSigned
John Cummings05/11/1996EasingtonSigned
Michael Connarty05/11/1996Falkirk EastSigned
Eric Clarke05/11/1996MidlothianSigned
Bill Michie05/11/1996Sheffield, HeeleySigned
Alan Meale05/11/1996MansfieldSigned
William McKelvey05/11/1996Kilmarnock & LoudounSigned
John McAllion05/11/1996Dundee EastSigned
Eric Illsley05/11/1996Barnsley CentralSigned
Roy Hughes05/11/1996Newport EastSigned
Ernie Ross05/11/1996Dundee WestSigned
Michael Clapham05/11/1996Barnsley West & PenistoneSigned
Maria Fyfe06/11/1996Glasgow, MaryhillSigned
Dennis Turner06/11/1996Wolverhampton South EastSigned
Jack Thompson06/11/1996WansbeckSigned
Gerry Steinberg06/11/1996Durham, City ofSigned
Mike Hall06/11/1996Warrington SouthSigned
Jean Corston06/11/1996Bristol EastSigned
Keith Bradley06/11/1996Manchester, WithingtonSigned
John Heppell06/11/1996Nottingham EastSigned
Martyn Jones07/11/1996Clwyd South WestSigned
Russell Johnston15/11/1996Inverness, Nairn and LochaberSigned
Terry Rooney21/11/1996Bradford NorthSigned
Allan Rogers03/12/1996RhonddaSigned
Margaret Hodge05/12/1996BarkingSigned
Ken Livingstone06/12/1996Brent EastSigned

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