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MISREPRESENTATION BY THE BBC

EDM (Early Day Motion) 731: tabled on 20 February 1992

Tabled in the 1991-92 session.

This motion has been signed by 19 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

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

Motion text

That this House notes with amazement and distaste misrepresentations in recent BBC news bulletins involving their Social Affairs Correspondent, Polly Toynbee, including the cases of Mrs Flourou, alleged to have waited two years for treatment for varicose veins, when in fact she had turned down two offers of hospital treatment; and of the former student, Ms Vicky Byrne, alleged to have been forced to leave university through poverty, unable to afford a tea bag and taking a job as a cleaner to pay off debts, when in fact she has fallen behind with her studies, was living in her parents' substantial home in Cheam and was cleaning her mother's fridge; and calls on the BBC and its reporters to apologise and then display greater objectivity and competence.

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.

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.