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Monday 12th November 2012 | 15:54
Conservatives press release
Today Conservative MP Andrew Bridgen has called for funders and supporters of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism - which produced the Newsnight investigation on Lord McAlpine - to cut all ties with the organisation. He has:
· Tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament. The EDM reads: 'That this House deplores the appalling quality of the Bureau of Investigative Journalism's investigation into Lord McAlpine for Newsnight, notes that the former Managing Director of BBC Television, Will Wyatt, described it as 'completely terrible journalism', notes that the Bureau of Investigative Journalism has previously criticised Help for Heroes, believes the Bureau of Investigative Journalism is totally discredited as a serious producer of quality journalism, regrets that the investigation has taken attention away from other very serious allegations of child abuse, and calls on the following organisations to cut all ties and refuse to donate any more money to the Bureau of Investigative Journalism: City University, The David and Elaine Potter Foundation, Oxfam, The Green Park Foundation, Stamp Out Poverty, Save the Children and The Joseph Rowntree Reform Trust.'
· Written to all organisations with ties to the BIJ calling for them to cut those ties and refuse to donate any more money. Andrew Bridgen has written to the BIJ's supporters and funders, namely City University, Oxfam, Stamp out Poverty, JR Reform, Trust and Save The Children.
· Written to the BIJ itself calling for the organisation to detail and return any fees earned for the Newsnight package. Andrew Bridgen has written to the BIJ calling for them to return any licence-fee payers' money received for their work on the investigation.