Indian-origin MP & others accuse BBC of Brexit bias


An Indian-origin Conservative party MP  for Fareham  joined over 70 others to warn the BBC over what they allege “skewed” coverage of Brexit by “misrepresenting” the UK either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote.

Suella Fernandes, who traces her roots to Goa, is among the majority Tory party signatories of a letter to the BBC director-general Lord Hall calling on the public broadcaster to correct its anti-Brexit stance.

“It particularly pains us to see how so much of the economic good news we’ve had since June [2016] has been skewed by BBC coverage which seems unable to break out of pre-referendum pessimism and accept new facts,” the letter reads.

“BBC bias can have a substantial effect on national debate. We fear that, by misrepresenting our country either as xenophobic or regretful of the Leave vote, the BBC will undermine our efforts to carve out a new, global role for this country,” the letter adds.

A total of 72 MPs have signed the letter including 60 Tory MPs, three Labour MPs, eight DUP MPs, and Douglas Carswell, UKIP’s only MP.

Prominent Conservatives who have signed the letter include Iain Duncan Smith, the former work and pensions minister, Owen Paterson, the former environment minister, and Theresa Villiers, the former Northern Ireland minister.

The letter was put together by Tory MP Julian Knight, a former BBC journalist who voted Remain.

He said that he had no real complaints about the BBC’s coverage of the referendum itself but believed that it had suffered a “collective nervous breakdown” over the result.

“If politicians and the public don’t view it as an impartial broker, then the future of the BBC will be in doubt,” his letter states.

The MPs urged the BBC to take steps to “correct these flaws in the BBC’s coverage of our EU exit at the earliest moment”.

A spokesperson for the BBC said: “The BBC is covering the political and financial events following the referendum vote in a responsible and impartial way. The BBC is also one of the great exports of this country and makes a significant contribution to the UK creative sector.”

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  1. BBC’ certain print media and even many MPs, politicians has not yet accepted that people have voted to leave EU. They some how believe that if we persist, then some how they will get another vote and perhaps people will realize their mistake and change the vote. Even some in EU, like the EU president share the same feelings, as they know that UK is the second largest net contributor to EU budget. Without our contribution, others, notable Germany and France will have to fork out more. As we have some £86 billion deficit with EU, mainly with Germany who export more cars to UK than any where else in UK, Britain is in a prime position to negotiate a good deal. Our PM knows this and she will not hesitate to walk away, as she has said time and again that no deal is better than bad deal. It is time we show some faith in our PM and let her get the best deal possible under the most difficult circumstances.