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BBC revising Mohammed image guidance

The BBC is revising its guidelines on depicting the prophet Mohammed in its programming.

Following discussion on the issue on last night’s Question Time show, the BBC has now said that its editorial guidance is “old [and] out of date”.

The taxpayer-funded corporation also said it “does not reflect the BBC’s long standing position that programme makers have freedom to exercise their editorial judgement with the team… on a case-by-case basis”.

It confirmed that the guidance was currently being revised, and it has removed the guidelines prohibiting depictions of Mohammed from its website.

During a response to a question about the Charlie Hebdo massacre, chair of Question Time David Dimbleby told panellists that the editorial guidelines of the BBC says "the prophet Mohammed must not be represented in any shape or form."

This was met with hostility from some of the panel. Conservative MP David Davis said it was a “serious reflection of the state of free speech in Britain”. 


Clegg calls for 'tycoon tax'

Labour have hit out at Nick Clegg's calls for tax fairness, with Shadow Treasury Minister Chris Leslie saying few people would believe Mr Clegg's "latest bluster".

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Mr Clegg suggested that there should be a change in the law to ensure Britain's highest earners pay a minimum rate of tax on their annual earnings.

Mr Leslie said: "He is negotiating how to cut the 50p top rate of tax for the richest one per cent while slashing tax credits by £73 per week for working couples on the minimum wage. And he is the man who campaigned against a regressive rise in VAT but then announced a VAT hike just weeks after becoming Deputy Prime Minister."

Speaking to Sky News, Nick Clegg insisted it was important to be "increasingly aggressive" in closing up tax loopholes.

The so-called 'tycoon tax' is likely to win support from Liberal Democrat supporters, with the Deputy Prime Minister saying that the rich often pay a tax rate of less than 20% on their earnings by using “an army of lawyers and accountants”.

However, writing in the Financial Times Conservative MP David Davis has urged George Osborne to “bite the bullet and go for growth” and face down the Liberal Democrats and their "populist ideas".

Writing in the Independent, Danny Alexander has said the Government is moving “further and faster” towards raising the tax-free allowance for low earners to £10,000.

In line with this tax policy advocated by Mr Alexander, at their Spring Conference the Lib Dems passed motions to; raise the tax allowance to a level implied by full-time work on the minimum wage, keep the 50p tax rate and support a global financial transaction tax.


Davis and Field push right-to-buy

Conservative MP David Davis and Labour MP Frank Field have joined forces in a move to unlock capital trapped in social houses where the owner is not able to buy their home, or unable to afford to do so. In a report for the Institute of Public Police Research, Mr Davis and Mr Field say the revenue generated from such a right-to-buy scheme should go towards "improving and expanding Britain's sorely lacking social housing stock".


Section 5 campaign launched

A coalition of interest groups today launched a campaign to reform Section 5 of the Public Order Act, which outlaws "insulting words or behaviour". The campaign has cross-party support from MPs, and includes such disparate groups as the Christian Institute and the National Secular Society.


Tory MP David Davis said that reform of the act was "vital to protecting freedom of expression in Britain today".


Davis questions Tappin extradition

David Davis has called on the Home Office to say whether it authorised a US police operation against extradited Briton Christopher Tappin. The Tory backbencher has tabled two Parliamentary Questions to the Home Secretary calling for light to be shed on the extradition arrangements between the US and UK. Mr Tappin, a retired businessman, was extradited to the United States yesterday  to face charges for allegedly attempting to sell batteries for Iranian missiles.


Right-to-buy scheme should be extended

The right-to-buy scheme should be extended from council tenants to one million families in housing association properties, according to David Davis and Frank Field.

The Conservative and Labour MPs have joined forces to warn David Cameron that his plans to re-inject life into the housing market will fall "well short of the mark".