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Parliamentary Blog

Oral Contribution: 10th May, 2018

This is an exciting process, is it not? It is a great pleasure to follow the inspirational speech of my hon. Friend Tracy Brabin, and I congratulate Stewart Malcolm McDonald on his paean of praise for the great city of Glasgow. I will make a couple of opening remarks before concentrating on the Leeds city region. It is worthy of note that, for the first time since I was originally elected to the House in 1997, it is uncontested across all political parties that Channel 4 is best in the public sector. To paraphrase Sir Michael Grade when he was chief of Channel 4, Channel 4 can be in the public sector with a public broadcasting remit or it can be privatised, but it cannot be both. The fact that this process is taking place at all is testament to that; long may it remain so...