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Our electoral law is under threat in the digital age

As we face the prospect of a general election, we need to confront the fact that our electoral law is not fit for purpose in the digital age. Technology has created opportunities for people to campaign without revealing their identity, spend above restricted limits, and receive untraceable donations, including from overseas. We should introduce emergency […]

We need proper regulation in English football to stop bad owners running great clubs into the ground

The fans of Bury football club, one that has played in the football league for the last 125 years and won the FA Cup twice, have seen their team expelled to the outer reaches of non-league football. The fate of Bolton Wanderers, a team that until seven years ago enjoyed an unbroken run of 11 seasons […]

A vision of British culture

‘What is the city but the people?’ we are asked by Sicinius, an elected tribune of Rome in Shakespeare’s play Coriolanus. This same sentiment was brought to life in a street performance by the people of Manchester, to open their city’s 2017 International Festival. Shakespeare provides a common cultural reference point whose influence stretches far […]

Give MPs the ability to hold the rich and powerful to account

Last week the House of Commons marked the 40th anniversary of the creation of select committees to scrutinise the work of individual government departments. I chair one of these – digital, culture, media and sport – but the scope of its work has extended beyond holding individual ministers to account. We now investigate much wider issues […]

Wannabe PM Boris Johnson to back England’s 2030 World Cup bid

It’s Sunday 14th July 2030 and the eyes of the world turn to Wembley, to see goals from Phil Foden, Mason Greenwood and Trent Alexander Arnold win the FIFA World Cup for England. Thirty-four years after Frank Skinner and David Baddiel first put the idea to music, the nation that gave football to the world […]

Only Boris Johnson can restore trust and excitement in our politics

Our next prime minister must be someone with the drive, personality and intelligence to solve the greatest political crisis Britain has faced in decades, one that has seen the Brexit deadlock shake our public institutions to their foundations. However, it must also be someone who can deliver more than Brexit — someone who can bring […]

Senior MP Damian Collins: Mark Zuckerberg criticism 'entirely justified'

The era of self-regulation of digital platforms needs to come to an end in the interest of both business and society, Conservative MP Damian Collins told Campaign’s Media360 conference in Brighton today. The House of Commons Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, which Collins chairs, published its report into disinformation and "fake news" in February. It […]

Brexit Negotiations

Like every previous major European negotiation, our discussions with the EU over our future relationship for after we leave, are running right down to the final few weeks before the deadline. However, we must remember that we do not need their permission to leave. That decision was taken by the British people in the referendum, […]

Brexit Planning

The government’s contingency planning in case of a no deal Brexit will start to take physical form this week, as roadworks begin between junctions 8 and 9 of the M20 to install a steel barrier that will divide the London bound carriageway. This barrier will allow the deployment of a contraflow system with two lanes […]

Brexit Update

This week the House of Commons will once again debate and vote on the European Union Withdrawal Agreement. For reasons that I have previously set out in this column, if the Prime Minister presents the same deal to parliament again, I will vote against it, as I did before. I don’t believe that it is […]

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