It is an important principle of the BBC’s Charter that the BBC is operationally and editorially independent. The BBC also has a duty under both the BBC Charter and the Broadcasting Code to deliver impartial and accurate news. Indeed, the agreement accompanying the BBC Charter requires the BBC to do all it can to ensure controversial subjects are treated with due impartiality in its news and other output. It is the BBC’s job to report the facts and it is vital that the BBC does so in an accurate, impartial and balanced way.
I recognise your concerns about the accountability of the BBC. I would like to see the BBC democratised so that it is more accountable to, and representative of, the public it serves. Our party are looking at options to do this such as the election of some of the BBC board members by staff and licence fee payers, and the reduction or removal of the government’s powers of appointment. Complete transparency about the diversity and make-up of the BBC workforce. Placing the BBC on a permanent statutory footing to end government control through charter renewal. The introduction of a digital licence fee, payable by tech giants or through internet service providers, to supplement the current TV licence fee and reduce the cost for poorer households.
On the specific issue of Israel-Palestine, I am committed to pressing for a comprehensive peace in the Middle East based on a two-state solution – a secure Israel alongside a secure and viable state of Palestine. However, this will require both sides avoiding actions that make it harder to achieve and would include an end to blockade and occupation, and an end to rocket and terror attacks. I would like to see every effort made to return to meaningful negotiations leading to a diplomatic resolution.