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SOME familiar faces racked up a few more ‘comrade points’ – a kind of unofficial scoring chart marked by old Labour MPs in the House of Commons – this month. Frank Dobson and Jeremy Corbyn were among those signing a motion calling on the Morning Star to be included in TV newspaper reviews. Not sure this one will shake the BBC, but wouldn’t it be fun if somehow serial newspaper reviewers of the likes of Iain Dale or Andrew Pierce were asked to discuss the merits of that paper’s angry front pages?
That this House notes the Morning Star is a national daily newspaper available in shops across the UK; further notes that it is the only socialist daily newspaper in the English language worldwide; further notes that the Morning Star and its management have strong links with the trade union movement; welcomes the different light it shines on news and current affairs from that of other daily newspapers; expresses concern that the Morning Star is rarely ever shown on or reported by the BBC on television and radio; and calls on the Director General of the BBC to ensure that the Morning Star is featured regularly and as a matter of course in broadcast newspaper reviews in the interests of fair and balanced reporting.