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Parliament Week, the general election and the power of social media

This week is Parliament Week, which marks a series of events being run across the country in partnership with schools and community organisations. Now in its ninth year, Parliament Week was created to try and build more awareness about how the institution works. This week the House of Commons has given a demonstration of this […]

Kent Online: The Jeremy Kyle Show slammed in report by MPs

Details have emerged of the behind-the-scenes conduct of production staff working on The Jeremy Kyle Show. Folkestone and Hythe MP Damian Collins oversaw a government inquiry into reality television. MPs saw footage which was handed over to them from a whistleblower. The inquiry was launched after one of the show's participants, Steve Dymond, died one week […]

The New Statesman: Damian Collins on electoral law, disinformation and Dominic Cummings

Last year, parliament summoned Alexander Nix to answer questions on fake news and disinformation. The chief executive of Cambridge Analytica began his appearance before the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport select committee by reading out a pre-prepared statement. “Before I answer your questions, I’d like to make a few short clarifications.” The chair […]

Evening Express: Facebook staff demand more scrutiny of political ads

Facebook staff have called on boss Mark Zuckerberg to increase scrutiny on political advertising in order to stop the spread of misinformation on the platform. Hundreds of employees at the social network have signed an open letter urging the company to reconsider a policy which allows politicians to make claims not subject to fact-checking in […]

To hold a General Election

Since Boris Johnson became Prime Minister in July he has transformed the Brexit negotiations and delivered two things which many people said would be impossible. Firstly, to get the European Union to agree to re-open the withdrawal agreement to further negotiation, and then through that process to secure a new deal without the backstop provisions, […]

Bury Times: Select committee chair visits Bury as part of Shakers inquiry

BURY FC supporters and campaigners got the chance to sit down with the man at the head of the parliamentary inquiry into their crisis on Friday. Damian Collins MP, chair of the House of Commons' digital, culture, media and sport select committee quizzed EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans, the Football Association and others at a hearing […]

Boris' Brexit Deal

This week the House of Commons will be asked to approve the Brexit deal negotiated by Boris Johnson at the European Council meeting in Brussels. It will certainly have my full support and the Prime Minister deserves credit for getting the other European leaders to review and change the withdrawal agreement, something many commentators believed […]

TechCrunch: British parliament presses Facebook on letting politicians lie in ads

In yet another letter seeking to pry accountability from Facebook,  the chair of a British parliamentary committee has pressed the company over its decision to adopt a policy on political ad that supports flagrant lying. In the letter Damian Collins,  chair of the DCMS committee, asks the company to explain why it recently took the decision to change […]

BBC Sport: EFL 'failed to execute rules' on finance with Bury

The Football League has been accused of "failing to execute" its own rules in the demise of Bury earlier this year. EFL executive chair Debbie Jevans was called to give evidence at the start of a select committee inquiry into football governance. Damian Collins told Jevans that, in his view, the EFL had not been […]

A Brexit agreement in sight?

The meeting of the European Council in Brussels this week will be central to the Government’s plan to deliver Brexit by 31st October. At the time of writing this column it appears that genuine progress is being made to agree a new deal with the European Union which would be acceptable to us and therefore […]

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