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EDM (Early Day Motion) 1331: tabled on 12 May 2014

Tabled in the 2013-14 session.

This motion has been signed by 6 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 the offensiveness of one word in one line of the lyrics of a 1930s recording of the song The Sun Has Got His Hat On; shares the shock of former BBC Radio Devon presenter David Lowe that the song contained such a word; further notes that the BBC failed to accept Mr Lowe's offer of an apology to listeners despite his being unaware that the word was in the lyrics; contrasts the corporation's response to their television presenter Jeremy Clarkson's use of the same offensive word that did not result in his sacking; is saddened by the damage this episode has caused to Mr Lowe's health, exacerbating his dystonic tremor medical condition and meaning he is unable to return to his love of presenting radio programmes; and calls on the BBC and other broadcasters for more consistency in they way they handle such matters and more thought about the effects of their decisions on loyal members of staff.