MP Conor Burns’s role will be required viewing

First published in Opinion

YOU may see a lot of Conor Burns on television in the coming months.

The MP for Bournemouth West has been appointed to the Commons’ culture, media and sport select committee – which will be considering such topics as phone hacking and the BBC’s reaction to the Jimmy Savile scandal.

It’s the same committee that conducted the inquisitions of the Murdochs and Rebekah Wade and which gave a rough ride this week to BBC director-general George Entwistle.

Select committees are a vital part of our democracy, helping hold the powerful to account. But these days they can seem like a means for some MPs to enjoy the limelight.

So it’s encouraging that Mr Burns has stated that members should go into hearings well-briefed but open- minded. Subjects like the Jimmy Savile case are too important to be used as grist for anyone’s career.

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3:40pm Sat 27 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Please say you are joking.
Please say you are joking. pete woodley
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10:37am Sun 28 Oct 12

Tom 'Boscombe' Jones says...

This opinion section gets worse and worse. This incompetent mp has already stated that Saville died years ago and it'd be difficult to prove anything and that the press should regulate itself, like its been doing for years. Open-minded my eye. Stinks of government whitewash to me.
This opinion section gets worse and worse. This incompetent mp has already stated that Saville died years ago and it'd be difficult to prove anything and that the press should regulate itself, like its been doing for years. Open-minded my eye. Stinks of government whitewash to me. Tom 'Boscombe' Jones
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11:50am Sun 28 Oct 12

pete woodley says...

Tom,you should meet the guy to see how slimey he is,Butterful was bad,this **** is the worst we have ever had,and at one time i sat on the executive ,and was press officer.When the Redhill election was on he was "hand in glove"with the Labour mob,and their behaviour was disgusting,when asked why he did not interfere,his reply was he did not want to get involved.As said by many,he does NOT answer residents letters and phone calls.
Tom,you should meet the guy to see how slimey he is,Butterful was bad,this **** is the worst we have ever had,and at one time i sat on the executive ,and was press officer.When the Redhill election was on he was "hand in glove"with the Labour mob,and their behaviour was disgusting,when asked why he did not interfere,his reply was he did not want to get involved.As said by many,he does NOT answer residents letters and phone calls. pete woodley
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