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Kent Online: Damian Collins backs Boris Johnson in Conservative leadership contest

Boris Johnson has secured the backing of a Kent MP in the race to become the next leader of the Conservative party. Damian Collins, is the first MP in the county to publicly endorse Mr Johnson who is seen as favourite to succeed Theresa May. The endorsement from the member for Folkestone and Hythe, who chairs […]

News Media Association: Collins Issues Election Fake News Warning to Google and Facebook

Damian Collins, chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, has issued a warning to Google and Facebook that they must work to ensure fake news does not interfere with the UK general election. Speaking to Channel 4 News yesterday, Mr Collins, whose Committee is conducting an inquiry into fake news, said that social media […]

The Times: Failure to record Farah drug use ‘inexcusable’

The head of UK Athletics has admitted to an “inexcusable” failure by a team doctor to record an injection of a controversial supplement that he administered to Mo Farah. Farah received an injection of L-carnitine, a legal supplement in doses of less than 50ml, before the 2014 London Marathon but it was not registered on […]

Television Magazine: Damian Collins, the MP influencing the TV sector

Five months into the role of Chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, and Damian Collins MP has consolidated a reputation as a well-informed politician with a decent grasp of key issues, ranging from fake news to the complexities of press regulation, post-Leveson. His recent appearance at the Oxford […]

Kent Online: Folkestone and Hythe MP questions whether newspaper editors should also be MPs

Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins has questioned whether newspaper editors can also be MPs in the wake of the news that George Osborne has taken the job of editor of the Evening Standard. Mr Collins, the chairman of the culture media and sport committee, said: "I don't think newspaper editors should also be MPs […]

The Times: Team Sky’s drug admission deepens Jiffy bag mystery

Scrutiny of the “medical package” sent by courier to France for Sir Bradley Wiggins has intensified after Team Sky admitted that the same drug said to be in the Jiffy bag had been bought three months before in a pharmacy just three hours’ drive away. Team Sky said that they had previously bought Fluimucil from […]

Kent Online: Margate and Folkestone ranked among coolest places to live in Britain, according to The Times

Two Kent towns have been hailed as among the coolest places to live in Britain. According to new rankings published in The Times, Margate and Folkestone are both achingly cool. Margate was ranked third in the chart. The write-up said: "Dreamland — the revamped retro amusement park where Damon Albarn is curating a one-day music […]

Wiggins to avoid grilling by MPs but doctor recalled

The doctor at the centre of controversial therapeutic use exemptions for Sir Bradley Wiggins will face a fresh summons to appear before a parliamentary select committee, but Britain’s most decorated Olympian looks set to escape a potentially uncomfortable session in front of MPs. Richard Freeman missed last week’s culture, media and sport committee, saying that […]

Damian Collins asks the Secretary of State about the proposed merger of 21st Century Fox and Sky

I thank the Secretary of State for her letter to the Culture, Media and Sport Committee on Friday setting out the case she made to the House today. Can she confirm that the fit and proper person test is rightly a matter for Ofcom and that Ofcom can initiate a fit and proper person test […]

Donald Trump’s fake news claims are dangerous, warns MP Damian Collins

MP for Folkestone and Hythe, Damian Collins, has denounced Donald Trump’s use of the term ‘fake news’ as “dangerous”. Speaking to students at a meeting at the Press Association on Wednesday, the chairman of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee Mr Collins described the US President’s interpretation of the phenomenon as “anything he doesn’t agree […]

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