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: Auntie battles Brexit like Japanese soldiers marooned in the jungle

So what is it that the BBC is trying to prove about Brexit? It looks increasingly that, as the dust settles on the referendum result, they are mounting an all-out campaign to find evidence to support the Corporation’s long-held belief that those who support ‘out’ are motivated by xenophobia and racism. Last week, on BBC2, […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: The BBC doesn’t bother to disguise its contempt for Farage

So finally, then, the BBC is going to make a programme about Nigel Farage. Not – as might maybe expected from the UK’s main public service broadcaster – a documentary explaining his remarkable role over 20 years in triggering the UK’s exit from the European Union. That’s not yet in the pipeline. The Corporation is […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Bias unconfined as Labour placeman Purnell is lined up for the top job

The prospective appointment of former Labour culture secretary James Purnell to one of the Corporation’s most senior editorial roles is a major cause for concern. Purnell, it has been widely reported, is in line to become the BBC’s director of radio. What on earth is going on? It looks as though the Government is standing […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Radio 4 still fights the last propaganda war against Brexit

What could be the biggest threat to Brexit? Tory back-sliding and plotting by remainiacs like Anna Soubry? Undoubtedly they will have spent much of the summer fomenting new lines of subversion. They are ready pounce on and exaggerate any dissension in party Brexit ranks, as last weekend’s Sunday Times story about the alleged turf-war spat […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Auntie has new powers to haul the poor before the courts

Watch out! Are you about to be ‘packet-sniffed’ by the BBC? The prospect of millions of viewers being snooped upon by Corporation licence-fee collectors in unprecedented ways is firmly on the agenda. The BBC has denied that the actual ‘packet-sniffing’, which (for the uninitiated) involves breaking into private wi-fi networks using special software, and is […]


David Keighley’s BBC Watch: Bradley must battle Auntie’s arrogance

These are frustrating times for those who want an end to BBC bias. Post-Brexit, there has been a concentrated deluge of pro-EU, anti-Brexit broadcasting. The primary intent seems to be to force a second referendum and keep the UK in the EU. Evan Davis, as ever, is among those leading the charge. The highly biased […]