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 Watch: New boss Clementi faces uphill struggle against liberal bias

How totally hostile can the BBC’s coverage of the Trump presidency and Brexit actually become? Recent evidence suggests that the race to the bottom is well and truly on. Exhibit A is the weight it gave on Tuesday morning to Kenneth Clarke’s utterly preposterous (and chilling) claim that the referendum vote is a reflection of […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Panorama’s hatchet job on Trump completes its fall from grace

In its heyday, BBC One’s Panorama was the Corporation’s proud flagship current affairs programme. Politicians of every stripe quaked at its gaze. With ITV’s World in Action, it pioneered the art of television investigative journalism. Its slump from that lofty pedestal was firmly underway by the mid-1980s when the senior echelons of the BBC current […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Trump replaces Farage as Auntie’s new whipping boy

Is there anything the BBC won’t now do to discredit Donald Trump or figures on the so-called Right? For years, their chief bogeyman in the ‘right-wing and ‘populist’ category was Nigel Farage, who was cast in interview after interview as xenophobic at best, racist at worst, incompetent, and venal. The treatment was a form of […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Tory ministers should be ashamed of strangling a free press

The United Kingdom, which led the way in establishing a free press as the central component of a robust democracy, is now slowly but surely choking it. Karen Bradley, Theresa May’s so far colourless cypher who is now apparently in charge of the Department of Culture, is a prime cause. Brexit, we are repeatedly told […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Tories have missed chance to quell cosseted mouthpiece of the Left

The BBC heads into 2017 almost unchanged – and unscathed. Yet again during a cycle of so-called Charter renewal, the Corporation has repelled all boarders in terms of meaningful reform. In effect, its partisan position as a political advocate of the liberal Left, facilitated by its self-serving concept of ‘due impartiality’, has been cemented. Its […]


David Keighley: BBC abandons impartiality over Trump’s assault on climate change zealots

President Barack Obama – frustrated by the pesky American voters who during his second term refused to give him a majority in Congress – has flagrantly tried to concentrate more powers in the hands of the presidency. One of the measures he has rammed through using presidential powers related to the all-powerful Environmental Protection Agency […]