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’s BBC Election Watch: Today sticks the knife into Ukip

The Today programme’s election centrepiece yesterday was a visit to Bath University by presenter Justin Webb, ostensibly to explore what they clearly saw as one of the burning issues of the campaign: the ‘progressive alliance’. And bingo! En route, they managed to find a new way of showing how unpopular Ukip is. Somewhat unusually for […]


David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: ‘Impartial’ BBC website loads dice against Tories

This, at 16:44 yesterday afternoon, was the menu in the supposedly ‘impartial’ politics section of the BBC website. Spot a pattern? Tory council housing plan not new money Labour Pledge to Build 1m new homes Labour promises ‘Robin Hood’ Tax on City Conservative Councillor suspended over Eurovision Tweets Labour warns bosses they will have to […]


David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Public moves on over Brexit – leaving Beeb behind

YouGov’s latest poll on attitudes towards Brexit – as the New Statesman outlines here – demonstrates that 69 per cent of the public now support leaving the EU and only 21 per cent want to ignore the result of the referendum. Not only that, 25 per cent in the Brexit-supporting total are Remain voters who […]


David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Reporters flaunt their bias against ‘populists’ like Trump

What was BBC Today presenter Nick Robinson’s reaction as news broke that FBI Director James Comey had been fired by Donald Trump? He tweeted: ‘Life becomes like reality TV show as @realDonaldTrump tells FBI Director “You’re fired!”‘ How impartial was that? You can be the judge. Meanwhile, on the Today show itself, the editorial machine […]


David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Love of foreign aid trumps loathing for Tories

The Institute of Fiscal Studies published a report on Monday showing that the foreign aid budget has almost doubled over a decade to £13.6 billion and was likely to continue on its spectacular upward rise over the next Parliament. The Daily Mail thought this lavish spending by the Department of International Development (DfID) was an important […]


David Keighley’s BBC Election Watch: Macron’s victory is a rare break for the Beeb’s battered suits

Election watch today is focusing on bias by omission – in this case, what the BBC hasn’t reported about Macron’s victory. Throughout, there was no doubt whose side in this election the Corporation was on, if only in the routine labelling of Marine Le Pen as ‘far right’ and Macron as a ‘centrist’ – even […]