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Watch: Steve Baker wages war on BBC at PMQs

Although the BBC has traditionally been accused of showing anti-Conservative bias, since Jeremy Corbyn’s election as Labour leader the party has found itself waging war with the Beeb on numerous occasions. However, today Steve Baker swung it back to the Tories.

The Brexit-backing backbencher used a question at PMQs to accuse the BBC of breaking its charter obligations by trying to ‘create problems for the government’:

‘I’m sure my honourable friend will be astonished if not aghast to learn that a succession of journalists from the BBC have contacted me seeking to create to manufacture stories of backbench rebellion on the issue of the EU.

Will he agree with me that on these controversial issues the BBC should stick to its charter obligations on accuracy and impartiality — instead of seeking to create problems for the government?’

In response, David Lidington said Baker must be ‘shocked’ anyone would look to him as a source of information about rebellions against the government. However, given that Theresa May chose to accept a Labour motion yesterday asking her to reveal her Brexit plan after several of her MPs — including Anna Soubry — planned to back it, it seems there is a backbench rebellion — it’s just it is coming from the Remain side.

Update: A spokesman for the Beeb assures Mr S that ‘the BBC continues to report impartially on UK political events as they happen’.

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