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: 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 […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Complaints unit makes no apology for pinning Harlow killing on Brexit

At the heart of the BBC’s reform under its new Charter ­ due to come into effect imminently – is that for the first time, an outside body, Ofcom, will become the final court of appeal in complaints about impartiality. The idea is that this will clean the Augean stables and the Corporation will end […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Today lauds a tyrant who nearly wiped out the planet

Let’s not mince words: in his vainglorious, tyrannical exercise of power, Fidel Castro took the world in October 1962 to the brink of a nuclear holocaust. Because of that, Castro stands unique in world affairs. He wilfully, calculatedly, put his own people – and countless millions more – at risk of annihilation by accepting that […]