• Coalition Employment Minister, Ed Davey MP, says he thinks David Cameron should require Boris Johnson to apologise for his comments about Kosovo-style social cleansing of London tenants.

    Speaking on Question Time on BBC One, Davey described the Mayor of London's comments as "scaremongering, appalling and the analysis is completely wrong".

    Asked by David Dimbleby if he thought the Prime Minister has asked Johnson to apologise for his remarks, Davey said: "I think he should. I would not be surprised if he has already asked him to do that."

     

     

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Glasgow this evening.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Nicola Sturgeon Scotland's Deputy First Minister; Ed Davey Coalition Employment Minister; Shadow Justice Minister Chris Bryant; Hedge Fund manager Hugh Hendry; and the historian Simon Schama, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in future audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

  • Young Voters' Question Time tonight at 8pm on BBC Three will feature Matt Hancock MP, Shadow Education Secretary Andy Burnham MP,  blogger Will Straw, Apprentice finalist Katie Hopkins and  comedian Rufus Hound.

    Hosted by Richard Bacon the programme is the first of four new editions of Young Voters' Question Time over the coming year and ties in with the Government's spending review announcement.

    Matt Hancock MP is advsior to George Osborne and was elected MP for West Suffolk on 6th May. In 2005 George Osborne asked him to advise the Conservative Party on economic policy. He worked for Osborne and David Cameron rising to become Osborne's Chief of Staff managing the Party's Treasury Team. He stepped down from that when he was selected as Conservative candidate for West Suffolk. Following his election Hancock was elected to be a Member of the Commons Public Accounts Committee.

    Andy Burnham is the Shadow Education Secretary and the MP for Leigh in Greater Manchester. He was a contender in the Labour leadership campaign this summer, eventually coming fourth in the ballot. He had previously been Health Secretary, Culture Secretary and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury.

    Will Straw, 29, is the founding editor of political blog 'Left Foot Forward'. He is an Oxford graduate and former president of the Oxford University Student Union, where he lead a campaign against tuition fees. He is the son of former Home Secretary Jack Straw.

    In 2009 Katie Hopkins stood as an Independent candidate for MEP for the South West.  She came to fame in Alan Sugar's 'The Apprentice', earning herself the title of 'Superbitch' and famously turning down a place in the final.  She's since been a regular on our screens with appearances in 'I'm a Celebrity', '8 out of 10 cats'. A working mum of three, Katie has launched her own business consultancy firm. She prides herself on 'telling it like it is'.

    Rufus Hound was a star of this year's Sport Relief competition, dressing up as Cheryl Cole and singing a fine rendition of 'Fight For This Love'. He regularly appears on both radio and TV, hosting Radio 4's 'My Teenage Diary' and taking the seat on 'Celebrity Juice' with Fearne Cotton. He describes himself as a ' Comedian, presenter, actor and the owner of a fine moustache.'

    Young Voters' Question Time on BBC Three will continue to cover political issues for the 16-34 year old audience - programmes that arenot provided for young people elsewhere. 

     

     

  • ITV1 has commissioned Mentorn Media to make a documentary as part of, Perspectives, its new factual strand.

    Perspectives is a series of five, one-hour, powerful films from a variety of film-makers to give a unique insight into our world on different subject matters.

    Children of Britain (working title) is directed by award-winning film-maker, Antony Thomas and will tackle perceptions of our country's children so often demonised in the daily news agenda. Digging behind the stereotypes and statistics, Children of Britain will explore the hidden world of ordinary, inspiring children in the UK.

    Director, Antony Thomas, said: "These are young people, who care for sick parents, or are working hard to develop a talent, or finding the strength to overcome severe disadvantages.  Their stories are inspiring, but seldom reach the main-stream media."

    Perspectives was commissioned by Jo Clinton-Davis, ITV Controller of Popular Factual, with Alison Sharman, ITV Director of Factual and Daytime, and Peter Fincham, ITV Director of Television.

    Peter Fincham said: "Perspectives will bring to ITV1's schedule documentaries defined by distinctive and unique views, vantage points and voices, whether they be those of film-makers or people from a range of fields and backgrounds, addressing their subjects in a way that will enrich and refresh our own way of looking at the world around us. Each of the five films we have commissioned promises in its individual way to do just that."

    Other films in Perspectives will tackle street-crime, mugging; Andrew Lloyd Webber will tell the story of Pre-Raphaelite art, Robson Green, directed by Oscar-winning Jon Blair, will tell the story of the Pitmen Painters, a group of Northumberland miners who became nationally recognised artists, and award-winning director David Pearson will follow a group of Cornish fishermen as this close-knit band of childhood friends deal with finding fame in later life as recording artists.

    Executive Producer of Children of Britain is Neil Grant.

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Cheltenham this evening.

    David Dimbleby chairs the programme which sees Universities Minister David Willetts; Shadow Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell; former Lib Dem education spokesman Lord Phil Willis; Dr Maria Misra lecturer in Modern History and Politics at Oxford University and Sir Max Hastings author and journalist, face questions from the audience.

    To apply for a seat in the audience you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.

     

    For further information please contact Louise Plank on 020 8995 3936 or lou@plankpr.com

     

  • David Dimbleby asked if it was time for Andy Coulson to leave his post as Director of Communications at 10 Downing Street.

    Max Mosley responded: "Absolutely because I think it's become clear that nobody in the newspaper business believes for one moment that he didn't know exactly what was going on. If that's true then when he told the House of Commons Select Committee that he knew nothing he was not telling the truth, that he's mislead Parliament, mislead the Select Committee. He can not possibly remain as the Director of Communications for the Prime Minister.

    "I think his position is untenable and the sooner he goes the better it will be for the party."

    Former Labour Home Secretary, Charles Clarke, said: "I agree with Max, I think his position is completely untenable, I think he should resign. If he doesn't resign David Cameron should sack him.

    "I've got not the slightest doubt that Andy Coulson, who I knew when he was Editor of the News of the World, knew all about these practices. These practices were widespread in certain papers and I simply do not believe that he didn't know what was going on and wasn't fully on the case about it."

    Susan Kramer, who is running for Chair of the Liberal Democrats, called for a Parliamentary Investigation. She said: "I think it's really important that Parliamentary Committees go ahead and do a proper scrutiny and investigation."

    She continued: "That's why I'd really like to see Parliamentary Committees get on top of this, investigate and find out what's true."

  • BBC One's political debate programme, Question Time, is being hosted from Birmingham tonight. 

    David Dimbleby is joined by Baroness Warsi, Charles Clarke, Susan Kramer, Max Mosley and Rageh Omaar.

    Question Time transmits at 10.35pm on BBC One or you can watch it on BBC iplayer.

     

    To apply for a seat in future Question Time audiences you can register your question at www.bbc.co.uk /questiontime or call the audience line on 01299 829 299.