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: Marr lets slippery McDonnell off the Marxist hook

Is he or isn’t he? Andrew Marr asked shadow Chancellor John McDonnell yesterday morning if he is an ‘unapologetic’ Marxist? His answer was an object lesson is smokescreen building – and the BBC accepted it with scarcely a murmur. This was potentially fertile territory, in that the New Statesman (for example) has argued – on […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: This election is a battle between the Tories and the broadcasters

This is an election like no other for the BBC. They have a mission. Two weeks ago, as is laid out here, Today presenter Nick Robinson effectively declared war on Brexit with his statement that the Corporation would henceforward work flat out to find the problems with Brexit, and not bring balanced coverage of the […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Robinson trots out tired excuses to defend Brexit bias

BBC presenter and ex-political editor Nick Robinson has been sounding off aggressively against those who, he complains, are ‘moaning’ that the Corporation’s reporting of Brexit is biased. ‘Calm down dears’, is his core, patronising message. The Radio 4 Today presenter has declared in the Radio Times that, as departure negotiations proceed, there is no need […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Right-on thought police ban meat in the Salford canteen

Aw, diddums! BBC staff in the plush Salford Quays Northern HQ are throwing out from their high chairs their steak knives. Their beef? Someone, somewhere in the vast BBC hierarchy has decided to introduce ‘Meat Free Mondays’ in the staff canteen. The carnivores at the Corporation – no doubt now a rare breed among the […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: ‘Race hate murder’ linked to Brexit was just fake news

Whither the BBC as its new Charter comes into effect? From April 2, the much-reviled BBC Trust – which was created by New Labour in 2007 – will be no more. Its regulatory role is being taken over partly by a souped-up management board, and partly – in the policing of impartiality – by the […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Kuenssberg fires first shot in air war to down Brexit talks

Britain’s Biggest Deal, BBC2’s programme about the triggering of the Brexit process, had a prime time slot, and was presented by the Corporation’s political editor Laura Kuenssberg. It was thus a shop-window effort. Impartial, in line with the BBC’s Charter requirements?  No. It was a no-holds-barred attempt to put across how nightmarish the exit process […]