One of the few traditional Conservatives to have served on the Tory front bench under Cameron, Paterson was Secretary of State for Northern Ireland before being promoted to the more high profile role of Secretary of State for Defra.

Candidate of the day

Owen Paterson

One day to go and Sir John Major has weighed in. “Labour divides to rule. To win votes they will turn rich against poor; north against south; worker against boss." We hope we don't wake up with them on Friday.

Hero of the day

Sir John Major

Another awful Labour woman. The fact Ed Miliband’s carved his pledges in stone doesn't mean he might not break them, campaign chief Lucy Powell has said.

Villain of the day

Lucy Powell



Back marriage. Restore grammar schools. Leave the EU.

David Keighley

David Keighley

Former BBC news producer, BBC PR executive and head of corporate relations for TV-am. Director of News-watch.
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David Keighley: The BBC’s recall of the despicable Jonathan Ross is a disgrace. Is Helen Boaden responsible?

How does the BBC define standards of behaviour? Clearly  that’s a very tricky subject – especially in a society under pressure to relax them in so many ways. But make no mistake, what Jonathan Ross said on the BBC airwaves about Andrew Sachs’s daughter and the way he treated the Sachs himself was both obscene […]


David Keighley: Sacking first, reasons later. BBC Labour placeman Purnell still knows how to spin

The 66-page employment tribunal ruling on the illegal sacking by the BBC executive board of its former chief technology officer John Linwood is an astonishing read. It makes forensically clear that due process was completely disregarded and Linwood was disgracefully and ridiculously made a scapegoat for systemic, multiple management failure within the very highest echelons […]


David Keighley: The BBC’s idea of justice. A kangaroo court to cover up a £125 million boardroom fiasco

The vicious, botched sacking by the BBC of its chief technology officer John Linwood raises very serious questions about the integrity of the Corporation and its decision-making processes. News-watch has repeatedly highlighted on TCW just how bankrupt is the BBC’s approach to editorial integrity and how biased its coverage is in certain crucial respects. The […]


David Keighley: Double standards on immigration. The BBC trumpets the case for and ignores critics

The BBC keeps telling us that its coverage of the immigration debate is getting better and fairer. Remember, for example, when, back in January, political editor Nick Robinson uttered a solemn and very public undertaking that Auntie was mending her ways? No longer, he suggested, would opponents of the EU’s ‘free movement of peoples’ principle […]


David Keighley: A privileged, blinkered, outmoded monopoly. The new BBC chairman must sort it out

Speculation is continuing about who will become the new BBC chairman in succession to Lord Patten. It’s reported that Lord Coe – said to be the favourite of David Cameron – has pulled out of the selection process, as has Marjorie Scardino, the tough-talking former head of the Pearson group. The new front-runner is said […]


David Keighley: Meet the BBC drama queen laying down the law on climate change. Hardly unbiased

Scratch the surface of the BBC, and connections with vested climate change alarmist interests seem to lurk everywhere. Not only has the Corporation become an alarmist propaganda machine, but also its personnel seem to be working on a massive scale behind the scenes to spread the message even further. As I revealed on TCW, acting chairman of the Trustees Diana […]