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BBC frontrunner 'conflict of interest'

The leading candidate to replace Mark Thompson as director general of the BBC has been accused by Tory MPs of having a conflict of interest.

Ofcom chief executive Ed Richards is believed to have applied for the post, but is also running an inquiry into whether the definition of the 'plurality' of media organisations should include the corporation.

John Whittingdale, chair of the Culture, Media and Sport Committee, said that if Richards is indeed a candidate for the post "he should not be making or taking any decisions about plurality and the BBC".


Davies censured for disabled work comments

Philip Davies has seen his Party leadership distance themselves from him following his suggestions that disabled people should offer to work for less than the minimum wage. His comments provoked fury from charities and Labour MPs. A CCHQ spokesman said: “These comments do not reflect the views of the Conservative party and do not reflect Government policy”.


During the second reading debate of the Employment Opportunities Bill, Mr Davies said: “If an employer is looking at two candidates, one who has got disabilities and one who hasn't, and they have got to pay them both the same rate, I invite you to guess which one the employer is more likely to take on."


Stephen Lloyd, a Liberal Democrat MP who is himself deaf, said: "I think this is an appalling idea and shows a complete lack of understanding of both disability and of the workplace. We will never deal with disability discrimination by entrenching it even more in the eyes of employers as cheap labour. I have a better idea, perhaps we should dock the wages of MP's who make particularly fatuous remarks around disability, starting with Philip Davies!"


Speaking later on BBC Radio 4, Mr Davies denied that he was saying people should be paid less, insisting "[disabled] people should be given the opportunity to prove themselves...before moving higher up the payscale".


Dame Anne Begg, Chair of the Work & Pensions Committee and Labour MP for Aberdeen South, expressed her disgust at Mr Davies’ remarks.

"These comments are utterly outrageous and unacceptable. To suggest that disabled people should be treated as second class citizens is shocking and shows just what a warped world some Tories demonstrate they inhabit."

Sophie Corlett, a Spokeswoman for the mental health charity MIND, said: "It is a preposterous suggestion that someone who has a mental health problem should be prepared to accept less than minimum wage to get their foot in the door with an employer.

"People with mental health problems should not be considered a source of cheap labour and should be paid appropriately for the jobs they do."


The foreign aid budget will increase by 37 per cent with the Department for International Development one of only three departments not suffering cuts of up to per cent. Britain will become the first country to hit the UN's target of donating 0.7 per cent of its national income to the world's poor by 2013.


MoD funding sex changes

Officials at the Ministry of Defence have authorised thousands of pounds to help troops have sex changes, The Sun reports. The MoD has said it used taxpayers' money to pay towards "minor surgical procedures relating to gender reassignment". Conservative MP Philip Davies expressed his anger at the news, saying: "The MoD is supposed to be about defending the country. What on earth this has to do with that God only knows."


Prison father row erupts

The Ministry of Justice has said it does "not comment on individual prisoners or their partners" in relation to the case of a prisoner who is being allowed to use NHS facilities to become a father. It also confirmed that had not provided any funding for the treatment. Downing Street earlier confirmed that the Ministry of Justice was looking into the matter.

The statement from the Ministry of Justice also says that: "The Secretary of State will review the issues raised in due course, in order to provide guidance and clarity for future cases of this kind."

Conservative MPs Philip Davies and Douglas Carswell have criticised the effects of human rights legislation on the treatment of prisoners. Mr Davies said "the public are sick to the back teeth" of prisoners' human rights, while Mr Carswell said "It's another step towards an insane world where criminals have more rights than the rest of us".


Out of nearly 10,000 burglars convicted in a year not one received the maximum sentence available, according to Ministry of Justice figures. The news has led victims' rights campaigners to call for an inquiry into sentencing.


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