Hardman’s Parliamentary Burn Book
Isabel Hardman

Hi Isabel.

Happy to help you. My MP has been good recently but there has been some incredibly brazen parliamentary behaviour along the way. This is a recent example.

For context: The FCO reversed the cuts in funding to BBC World Service in November 2015. It came out of the ringfenced DFID Overseas Development Aid budget. One year later, the Beeb figured out what to do with it leading to this planted question reheating the old announcement.

Flick Drummond Conservative, Portsmouth South

Today the BBC World Service announced its biggest expansion since the 1940s, including 11 new services in different languages, bringing the total number of languages covered around the world to 40. Does the Prime Minister agree that this is an excellent example of soft power and a lifeline to many people around the world?

Theresa May The Prime Minister, Leader of the Conservative Party

I absolutely agree with my hon. Friend. The service that the BBC provides through its World Service and the independent journalism that that brings to millions of people around the world is very important, including by bringing that to people in places where free speech is often limited. It is important to support the BBC World Service, which is why we are investing £289 million over the next four years so that it can provide accurate and independent news to some of the most remote parts of the world.

(source: https://www.theyworkforyou.com/debates/?id=2016-11-16a.235.3#g236.0)

For the posttruthers, look here (https://www.theguardian.com/media/2015/nov/23/bbc-world-service-receive-289m-from-government)

Keep up the good work ;)

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