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BBC'S COVERAGE OF POLITICS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1586: tabled on 08 July 2002

Tabled in the 2001-02 session.

This motion has been signed by 106 Members. It has received 2 amendments.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

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Motion text

That this House is deeply alarmed at reported proposals from the BBC to reduce its coverage of Parliament and politics on terrestrial television and, specifically, that regional political programmes should be shortened, that Despatch Box should be reduced from four slots per week to just one and that On the Record be scrapped and replaced by a shorter programme about national politics; believes that such proposals risk trivialising the BBC's output and downgrading the importance of Westminster in our national life, not least at a time when there is increasing concern about voter disengagement; further believes that dumbing down the BBC's commitment to politics on BBC1 and BBC2 runs counter to the precepts of the BBC Charter and the BBC's role as a public service broadcaster; and urges the BBC governors to rescind these plans.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Best, Mr Harold
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2002
Leeds North West
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 8 July 2002
Worthing West
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2002
Canterbury
Brennan, Kevin
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Cardiff West
Burden, Richard
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Birmingham, Northfield
Burnham, Andy
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Leigh
Burnside, David
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 18 July 2002
South Antrim
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Morley and Rothwell
Clapham, Mr Michael
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Barnsley West and Penistone
Clark, Mrs Helen
Labour
Signed on 16 July 2002
Peterborough
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Coatbridge and Chryston
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 6 November 2002
Falkirk East
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Keighley
Cummings, John
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Easington
Davidson, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Glasgow, Pollok
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2002
Burton
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2002
Holborn and St Pancras
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Stroud
Duncan, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Rutland and Melton
Ennis, Jeff
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2002
Barnsley East and Mexborough
Francois, Mr Mark
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 2002
Rayleigh
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2002
St Ives
George, Mr Bruce
Labour
Signed on 30 October 2002
Walsall South
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Walthamstow
Gidley, Sandra
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 July 2002
Romsey
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 2002
Chesham and Amersham
Goodman, Mr Paul
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2002
Wycombe
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 5 November 2002
North Wiltshire
Griffiths, Mr Win
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Bridgend
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 July 2002
Portsmouth South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 July 2002
North Devon
Hendry, Charles
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 2002
Wealden
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 8 July 2002
North Down
Hinchliffe, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Wakefield
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 July 2002
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Luton North
Howarth, Alan
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Newport East
Hunter, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Basingstoke
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 11 July 2002
Barnsley Central
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 19 July 2002
Tamworth
Jones, Mr Kevan
Labour
Signed on 24 September 2002
North Durham
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Kilfoyle, Mr Peter
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Liverpool, Walton
Laing, Mrs Eleanor
Conservative
Signed on 24 July 2002
Epping Forest
Lewis, Dr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
New Forest East
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 10 July 2002
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Lucas, Ian
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Wrexham
Luff, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 2002
Mid Worcestershire
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Bassetlaw
Marris, Rob
Labour
Signed on 23 July 2002
Wolverhampton South West
Marshall, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Leicester South
Martlew, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 17 July 2002
Carlisle
Maude, Mr Francis
Conservative
Signed on 16 July 2002
Horsham
McCabe, Stephen
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Birmingham, Hall Green
McIntosh, Miss Anne
Conservative
Signed on 6 November 2002
Vale of York
McNamara, Mr Kevin
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Kingston upon Hull North
McWalter, Mr Tony
Labour
Signed on 31 October 2002
Hemel Hempstead
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Eddisbury
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Knowsley South
Osborne, Mr George
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Tatton
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Broxtowe
Perham, Linda
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Ilford North
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 7 November 2002
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Purnell, James
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Stalybridge and Hyde
Rapson, Syd
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Portsmouth North
Redwood, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 19 July 2002
Wokingham
Rosindell, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 19 July 2002
Romford
Ruffley, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2002
Bury St Edmunds
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 8 July 2002
Colchester
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 19 July 2002
Mid Bedfordshire
Selous, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2002
South West Bedfordshire
Simon, Mr Siôn
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Birmingham, Erdington
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 22 July 2002
Nottingham South
Smyth, The Rev Martin
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 9 July 2002
Belfast South
Spelman, Mrs Caroline
Conservative
Signed on 17 July 2002
Meriden
Spink, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 4 November 2002
Castle Point
Swayne, Mr Desmond
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2002
New Forest West
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 7 November 2002
East Devon
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2002
Liverpool, West Derby
Waterson, Mr Nigel
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 2002
Eastbourne
Watkinson, Angela
Conservative
Signed on 18 July 2002
Upminster
Watson, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
West Bromwich East
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 2002
Maidstone and The Weald
Wiggin, Bill
Conservative
Signed on 22 July 2002
Leominster
Williams, Mrs Betty
Labour
Signed on 18 July 2002
Conwy
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 2002
Spelthorne
Winnick, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 9 July 2002
Walsall North
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 11 July 2002
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 9 July 2002
Macclesfield
Wright, Dr Tony
Labour
Signed on 8 July 2002
Cannock Chase

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.

After a motion has been tabled, other Members can table amendments to it. Amendments to this motion are shown below.

BBC'S COVERAGE OF POLITICS (Amendment 1)
at end add, 'calls upon the BBC to look again at its refusal to put the pre-legislative scrutiny of bills on-line on its BBC On-line service, which would have shown that the BBC was aware of its responsibilities to democracy and wished the citizen licence payer to have modern access to, and influence upon, Parliament and would have been an imaginative and forward-looking way of honouring its public service obligation; and further believes that blocking such democratic initiatives makes it harder for friends of the BBC to sustain parliamentary and public support for its unique and privileged position.'.
Labour, Nottingham North
10
signatures
EDM 1586A1: tabled on 9 July 2002
BBC'S COVERAGE OF POLITICS (Amendment 2)
at end add, 'and believes that while it is at it, it should sort out the balance in its political coverage in the interests of fairness, that it should monitor the balance of its output and that it should be concerned when its presenters announce on air that they are proud of being unfair.'.
Liberal Democrat, Oxford West and Abingdon
1
signature
EDM 1586A2: tabled on 24 July 2002