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Political Impartiality on Television

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1318: tabled on 20 July 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 115 Members. It has received 1 amendment.

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 notes with concern the bias of a number of television programmes, such as BBC 2's The Summer of the Bomb and Channel 4's Oh Superman, in which the playwright Harold Pinter violently attacked United States' foreign policy and the Prime Minister's support for it; further notes that research has shown certain current affairs programmes, in particular Granada Television's World in Action, to be consistently one-sided; and calls on the Government to support the principles of the amendments to the Broadcasting Bill recently debated in the Upper House which would ensure that television and radio programmes and series would present an impartial, unbiased view of political and insustrial issues, past and present.

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.

Alison, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Selby
Amos, Mr Alan
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hexham
Arnold, Mr Jacques
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Gravesham
Ashby, David
Conservative
Signed on 24 October 1990
North West Leicestershire
Atkinson, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Bournemouth East
Batiste, Spencer
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Elmet
Bendall, Mr Vivian
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ilford North
Benyon, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Milton Keynes
Blackburn, Dr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Dudley West
Blaker, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Blackpool South
Bonsor, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Upminster
Bowden, Gerald
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Dulwich
Boyson, Sir Rhodes
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Brent North
Braine, Sir Bernard
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Castle Point
Brazier, Mr Julian
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Canterbury
Browne, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Winchester
Bruce, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
South Dorset
Buck, Sir Antony
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
North Colchester
Butcher, John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Coventry South West
Butler, Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Warrington South
Carlisle, John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Luton North
Channon, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Southend West
Colvin, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Romsey and Waterside
Coombs, Mr Simon
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Swindon
Cormack, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
South Staffordshire
Cran, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Beverley
Day, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Cheadle
Devlin, Mr Tim
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Stockton South
Dicks, Terry
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hayes and Harlington
Evans, David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Welwyn Hatfield
Evennett, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Erith and Crayford
Fenner, Dame Peggy
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Medway
Finsberg, Sir Geoffrey
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hampstead and Highgate
Fookes, Dame Janet
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Plymouth, Drake
Franks, Cecil
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Barrow and Furness
French, Douglas
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Gloucester
Fry, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Wellingborough
Gill, Mr Christopher
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ludlow
Glyn, Sir Alan
Conservative
Signed on 6 September 1990
Windsor and Maidenhead
Goodhart, Sir Philip
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Beckenham
Gorman, Mrs Teresa
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Billericay
Greenway, Harry
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ealing North
Griffiths, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Portsmouth North
Hague, Mr William
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Richmond (Yorks)
Hannam, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Exeter
Hargreaves, Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hargreaves, Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 1990
Hyndburn
Haselhurst, Sir Alan
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Saffron Walden
Hill, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Southampton, Test
Holt, Richard
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Langbaurgh
Howell, Sir Ralph
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
North Norfolk
Hunt, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ravensbourne
Janman, Tim
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Thurrock
Jessel, Toby
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Twickenham
Kellett-Bowman, Dame Elaine
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 1990
Lancaster
Kilfedder, Sir James
Ulster Popular Unionist Party
Signed on 20 July 1990
North Down
Knapman, Mr Roger
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Stroud
Knowles, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Nottingham East
Lawrence, Sir Ivan
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Burton
Lloyd, Sir Ian
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Havant
Maginnis, Mr Ken
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 20 July 1990
Fermanagh and South Tyrone
Marland, Paul
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
West Gloucestershire
Martin, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Portsmouth South
Mates, Lt Col Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
East Hampshire
McNair-Wilson, Sir Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
New Forest
Moate, Sir Roger
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Faversham
Montgomery, Sir Fergus
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Altrincham and Sale
Morris, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Northampton South
Nelson, Anthony
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Chichester
Norris, Steven
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Epping Forest
Peacock, Mrs Elizabeth
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Batley and Spen
Porter, Barry
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Wirral South
Porter, David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Waveney
Powell, William
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Corby
Price, Sir David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Eastleigh
Rossi, Sir Hugh
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hornsey and Wood Green
Rowe, Mr Andrew
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Mid Kent
Sayeed, Mr Jonathan
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Bristol East
Shelton, Sir William
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Streatham
Shepherd, Sir Colin
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hereford
Skeet, Sir Trevor
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
North Bedfordshire
Smith, Sir Cyril
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 July 1990
Rochdale
Smith, Sir Dudley
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Warwick and Leamington
Smith, Timothy
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Beaconsfield
Soames, Hon Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Crawley
Speed, Sir Keith
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ashford
Spicer, Sir James
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
West Dorset
Squire, Mr Robin
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hornchurch
Stanbrook, Ivor
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Orpington
Stewart, Allan
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Eastwood
Stewart, Ian
Signed on 20 July 1990
Stokes, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Halesowen and Stourbridge
Summerson, Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Walthamstow
Thompson, Patrick
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Norwich North
Thorne, Sir Neil
Conservative
Signed on 23 July 1990
Ilford South
Thurnham, Peter
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Bolton North East
Townend, Mr John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Bridlington
Walker, Sir Harold
Labour
Signed on 20 July 1990
Doncaster Central
Ward, Sir John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Poole
Wardle, Mr Charles
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Bexhill and Battle
Warren, Sir Kenneth
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Hastings and Rye
Watts, John
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Slough
Widdecombe, Miss Ann
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Maidstone
Wilshire, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Spelthorne
Winterton, Ann
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Congleton
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Macclesfield
Woodcock, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 20 July 1990
Ellesmere Port and Neston

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.

Political Impartiality on Television (Amendment 1)
Leave out from 'bias' to end and insert 'of the majority of British national newspapers, most of which for eleven long years, have offered nothing but sycophantic support for the Conservative government in general and the Prime Minister in particular; and believes that the democratically established codes of practice on impartiality and political balance which govern television and radio are one of the reasons why British broadcasting is admired throughout the world and the British press is not.'.
Labour, The Wrekin
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EDM 1318A1: tabled on 23 July 1990