Category: News Features

Inquiry to tackle fake news alerts

MPs will launch an inquiry into fake news after concern that inaccurate information is being spread on social media. The Commons culture, media and sport committee will start taking evidence next month on new ways of responding to misinformation online. Fears that the public are being fed propaganda have increased after suggestions that voters in […]

'Fake news' inquiry launched by MPs

The "growing phenomenon of fake news" is to be the subject of a parliamentary inquiry. Earlier this month, the Telegraph revealed that an influential cross-party group of MPs were planning to grill executives at Facebook, Google and Twitter about the issue. Now, the Culture, Media and Sport Committee is officially launching the probe into the "widespread […]

Damian Collins: Mr Nice Guy aiming to get the media back on track

Damian Collins MP has clashed with the men running football, athleticsand cycling; yet his dealings with the media industry have been unusually civil since becoming chair of the influential parliamentary committee tasked with scrutinising the field. The press, and the BBC in particular, have been at the centre of some bitter public rows in recent […]

Telegraph Cycling Podcast: Tour Down Under, Berlin Six and Damian Collins

In this episode of The Cycling Podcast, Richard Moore, Lionel Birnie and Daniel Friebe briefly recap the Tour Down Under, where Richie Porte won on Willunga Hill for the fourth year in a row and Australian riders completed a clean sweep of stage wins for the second successive edition of the race. Daniel reflects on the […]

Fishing industry would be 'finished' if restrictions are imposed, according to Folkestone trawler Terry Noakes

Fishermen are still trading - but with uncertainty of their futures as proposed restrictions could stop their trade “overnight,” it is claimed. Terry Noakes, the managing director of Folkestone Trawlers, was invited to London to meet with Dr Thérèse Coffey, the minster for the environment. He was joined by MP Damian Collins and fishermen Tony […]

Dangers of fake news raise alert

Social media chiefs could be questioned by MPs as part of a cross-party inquiry into the dangers of fake news. Damian Collins, the chairman of the commons culture committee, told The Times that it was actively considering launching an official inquiry, with sessions beginning by the start of summer. Facebook, Google and Twitter would be […]

Facebook, Twitter and Google bosses to be grilled by Parliament over spread of 'fake news'

Social media bosses will reportedly be grilled by Parliament as part of a new cross-party inquiry into the dangers of so-called “fake news”. Facebook, Google and Twitter are expected to be called in for questioning by the committee amid fears the prevalence of inaccurate stories is undermining democracy. The Commons Culture Committee is reportedly discussing the launch […]

Folkestone Leas Lift could be saved by Heritage Lottery Fund bid

A bid for funding is set to be made in attempts to try and save a historic seaside lift. The future of the Leas Lift, in Lower Sandgate Road, Folkestone, was uncertain earlier this week when the operating company said it was "calling it a day" due to financial difficulties. The Leas Lift Community Interest […]

Damian Collins questions Minister on Operation Stack

As the Minister knows, the Operation Stack relief lorry park is vital for cross-border transport links between Kent and the continent. The owner of Westenhanger castle has been actively seeking a meeting with the Department for the past six weeks to discuss accessing the compensation package that he has agreed with Highways England, in return […]

Coe turns down request to be grilled by MPs again

Lord Coe has rebuffed a request from MPs that he give fresh evidence to the culture, media and sport select committee, arguing that he has nothing new to say about his response to an early warning about corruption at the IAAF. The committee issued a call for the IAAF president to appear by the end […]

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