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Political Impartiality on Television

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1318A1: tabled on 23 July 1990

Tabled in the 1989-90 session.

This motion has been signed by 35 Members. It is an amendment to an existing motion.

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

This is an amendment to an existing motion

This motion was originally tabled by Graham Riddick on 20 July 1990. This is amendment number 1.

View details of the original motion

Suggested amendment

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.'.

Original 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.

Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Monklands West
Clelland, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 July 1990
Tyne Bridge
Cryer, Bob
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Bradford South
Cunliffe, Mr Lawrence
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Leigh
Evans, John
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
St Helens North
Faulds, Andrew
Labour
Signed on 25 October 1990
Warley East
Garrett, John
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Norwich South
Godman, Dr Norman
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Greenock and Port Glasgow
Graham, Mr Tommy
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Renfrew West and Inverclyde
Haynes, Frank
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Ashfield
Howarth, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Knowsley North
Howell, Denis
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Birmingham, Small Heath
Lewis, Mr Terry
Labour
Signed on 25 July 1990
Worsley
Madden, Max
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Bradford West
Mahon, Alice
Labour
Signed on 18 October 1990
Halifax
McAllion, Mr John
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Dundee East
McCartney, Sir Ian
Labour
Signed on 25 October 1990
Makerfield
McKelvey, William
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Kilmarnock and Loudoun
Michie, Mr Bill
Labour
Signed on 25 July 1990
Sheffield, Heeley
Rees, Merlyn
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Morley and Leeds South
Rooker, Mr Jeff
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Ross, Mr Ernie
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Dundee West
Smith, Mr Chris
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Islington South and Finsbury
Smith, John
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Vale of Glamorgan
Soley, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 23 July 1990
Hammersmith
Steinberg, Mr Gerry
Labour
Signed on 24 October 1990
City of Durham
Turner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 25 October 1990
Wolverhampton South East
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Labour
Signed on 29 October 1990
Liverpool, West Derby
Watson, Mike
Labour
Signed on 24 July 1990
Glasgow Central

There are no withdrawn signatures for this amendment.