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BBC And Voluntary Euthanasia

EDM number 589 in 2003-04, proposed by Brian Iddon on 09/02/2004.

That this House notes with concern the biased and undisciplined trends in BBC coverage on a variety of issues of public policy, thus contravening the BBC charter; further notes that this has been particularly apparent on ethical issues such as euthanasia; further notes that a number of honourable Members were involved in correspondence with Mr Greg Dyke, the former Director General, on the matter of persistent bias on the question of euthanasia and, in particular, received no satisfaction on the failure of the BBC to interview the disabled or terminally ill unless they declared support for legalised euthanasia; regrets that this has been particularly apparent in the case of patients suffering from motor neurone disease; notes that a number of programmes were so biased that they were sent out by the Voluntary Euthanasia Society to Peers when they were seeking support for a bill to legalise euthanasia; regrets that no BBC programme was so even-handed that it could be used to present both sides of the case to Peers; and calls on the Solicitor General to encourage the BBC governors to ensure that Mr Greg Dyke's successor has a greater understanding of the BBC Charter which he will be required to implement.

This motion has been signed by a total of 47 MPs.

Brian Iddon09/02/2004Bolton South EastLabourProposed
Geraldine Smith09/02/2004Morecambe & LunesdaleLabourSigned
Ann Winterton09/02/2004CongletonConservativeSigned
Ann Widdecombe09/02/2004Maidstone & The WealdConservativeSigned
Joe Benton09/02/2004BootleLabourSigned
Jim Dobbin09/02/2004Heywood & MiddletonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Claire Curtis-Thomas09/02/2004CrosbyLabourSigned
Lindsay Hoyle09/02/2004ChorleyLabourSigned
Roy Beggs09/02/2004East AntrimUUPSigned
Bob Spink10/02/2004Castle PointConservativeSigned
Peter Luff10/02/2004Mid WorcestershireConservativeSigned
David Taylor10/02/2004North West LeicestershireLabour Co-operativeSigned
Angela Watkinson10/02/2004UpminsterConservativeSigned
Nicholas Winterton10/02/2004MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Stephen Pound11/02/2004Ealing NorthLabourSigned
James Gray11/02/2004North WiltshireConservativeSigned
Nigel Dodds11/02/2004Belfast NorthDUPSigned
John Cummings11/02/2004EasingtonLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell11/02/2004Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Colin Breed11/02/2004South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned
Kevin McNamara11/02/2004Kingston upon Hull NorthLabourSigned
Michael Mates11/02/2004East HampshireConservativeSigned
Martin Smyth11/02/2004Belfast SouthUUPSigned
John McFall12/02/2004DumbartonLabour Co-operativeSigned
Bill Tynan12/02/2004Hamilton SouthLabourSigned
Iris Robinson23/02/2004StrangfordDUPSigned
Marion Roe23/02/2004BroxbourneConservativeSigned
Andrew Selous23/02/2004South West BedfordshireConservativeSigned
Alan Meale23/02/2004MansfieldLabourSigned
Bill Olner23/02/2004NuneatonLabourSigned
Teddy Taylor23/02/2004Rochford & Southend EastConservativeSigned
John Wilkinson23/02/2004Ruislip - NorthwoodConservativeSigned
Andy King24/02/2004Rugby & KenilworthLabourSigned
Desmond Swayne24/02/2004New Forest WestConservativeSigned
Mike Gapes25/02/2004Ilford SouthLabour Co-operativeSigned
Vera Baird25/02/2004RedcarLabourSigned
David Amess25/02/2004Southend WestConservativeSigned
David Marshall25/02/2004Glasgow, ShettlestonLabourSigned
Andrew Hunter26/02/2004BasingstokeIndependent ConservativeSigned
Marsha Singh02/03/2004Bradford WestLabourSigned
David Drew02/03/2004StroudLabour Co-operativeSigned
John Pugh04/03/2004SouthportLiberal DemocratSigned
Jeffrey M Donaldson08/03/2004Lagan ValleyDUPSigned
Robert Wareing24/03/2004Liverpool, West DerbyLabourSigned
Laurence Robertson19/04/2004TewkesburyConservativeSigned
Piara S Khabra22/04/2004Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Paul Tyler27/05/2004North CornwallLiberal DemocratSigned

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