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: Purnell for D-G? No joke as impartiality over Brexit is junked

It’s challenge time on TCW! When – if ever – will the BBC make and broadcast a programme that is genuinely positive about Brexit? Not an uncritical one; simply, something that robustly explores Britain’s out-of-the-EU future from the perspective of potential beneficial outcomes, and also prominently brings into the equation the negative impact of the […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Independent oversight means stuffing the jury with ex-lackeys

At the heart of the BBC’s new Charter – due to be formally adopted within the next fortnight – is that the new ‘independent’ court of appeal for complaints against the BBC will be the Ofcom Content Board. The end of the BBC being totally its own judge and jury on these matters is supposed […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Autumn schedule exclusive – wimmin’s football and non-stop climate change

Sharon White, the former civil servant, black head of Ofcom, the commercial media regulator which will in future become the court of appeal for complaints about BBC output, has been setting out her new stall in relation to the State broadcaster. She has told the Financial Times that the Corporation is still not multicultural enough, […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Broadcasting shake-up could curb anti-Brexit bias

Hallelujah! Quietly, a significant positive development in the broadcasting establishment may have occurred. Might it be that the Government is at last waking up to the fact that the liberal figures who occupy the key regulatory posts are a menace to Brexit? The current deluge of anti-Brexit propaganda emanating primarily from the BBC, but also […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Leavers are still racists in the eyes of our unyielding state broadcaster

James Harding, the BBC’s director of news, has fired a broadside against those poor, misguided souls who have dared to think that the BBC’s coverage of the referendum and its aftermath have been out of kilter. His chosen medium for this homily? Why, where else but that neutral newspaper so loved by the BBC – […]


David Keighley: Failure to tackle endemic BBC bias could derail Brexit

The abrupt and unexpected departure of Rona Fairhead from her post as BBC Chairman is interesting indeed. David Cameron had appointed her Chairman for the first, crucial phase of the new Charter covering the abolition of the Trustees and their replacement by a souped-up executive board. But suddenly, seemingly as a result of intervention by […]