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MP says government is threatening ability of media to hold those in power to account

A Kent MP has joined critics who fear government proposals to force newspapers to pay the costs of people who sue them could weaken the media’s ability to hold those in power to account. Damian Collins, Folkestone and Hythe MP and the chairman of the commons culture, media and sports committee, said the plan could […]

Newspaper legal costs proposals wrong in principle, says senior MP

Plans to saddle newspapers with the cost of legal disputes regardless of fault are “wrong in principle” and could play into the hands of ambulance-chasing lawyers, the head of a parliamentary committee has said. Damian Collins, chairman of the culture, media and sport committee, said the proposals should not be implemented as they risked harming […]

Damian Collins wants more information on Fluimucil from Team Sky

Damian Collins MP, the head of the House of Commons culture media and sport committee, has called upon Team Sky to give more detailed information about their use of the antioxidant and mucolytic Fluimucil, the substance that is said to have been in the package delivered to the team’s then doctor Richard Freeman at the […]

Damian Collins questions Secretary of State about child abuse within football

Does the Secretary of State agree that there should be a mandatory requirement for the reporting of known or suspected abuse for everyone who works in regulated activities, including sport?   https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-12-15/debates/003D303A-4B60-49AD-8D44-00AEA4E7CAE6/SexualAbuseInSport#contribution-4EB1981B-D6C4-4D81-B7F7-3AC6357DA6D1

Damian Collins questions Secretary of State on 21st Century Fox/Sky merger

At this early stage, is the Department considering whether some of the conditions that Ofcom attached to the deal last time, such as the guarantee of editorial independence for Sky News, would be required this time around, given the restructuring of the Murdoch companies?   https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2016-12-12/debates/7C16B788-DFFE-4E03-A851-BE3CE9801EE7/Sky21StCenturyFoxTakeoverBid#contribution-2A28FD2C-7E01-4022-BFA9-350F66EE349A

Damian Collins discusses homophobia in sport in Parliament

As Chair of the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport, I want to talk briefly about its inquiry and to congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Pudsey (Stuart Andrew) on securing this debate on this important subject. When we look back at the incidence of racism in football, particularly in the 1970s and […]

Damian Collins raises the issue of child abuse in football in Parliament

Does the Secretary of State agree that the FA’s internal review must be a properly resourced investigation looking at the culture within football that allowed abuse to take place for so long and to go unreported and un-investigated for so long? Furthermore, does she agree that if the report is to have credibility, it must […]

Damian Collins contributes to Digital Economy Bill debate

I will try to adhere to your guidelines, Madam Deputy Speaker. I would like to speak to new clause 31, but first I want to congratulate the hon. Member for Washington and Sunderland West (Mrs Hodgson) on her campaigning over many years to deal with the abuses in the secondary ticketing market. I also want […]

Football sex abuse claims: Folkestone and Hythe MP and Commons Select Committee chair Damian Collins says FA needs to show how claims were dealt with

The FA has been urged to reveal how it handled claims from footballers about sexual abuse after several former players revealed allegations of widespread abuse throughout the game. Kent MP and chair of the Commons culture, media and sport select committee Damian Collins today said the Football Association needed to show how it dealt with […]

Damian Collins speaks during Investigatory Powers Bill debate

Does my hon. and learned Friend agree that, in respect of the consultation that the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport has set out, we have to get the balance right between respecting the freedoms of the press and the rights of innocent people who have never sought publicity but who find themselves […]

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