23/05/2017 – Press Release – General Election 2017: BBC Favours UKIP in Mid Sussex
Despite three requests from Greg Mountain. Labour’s Mid Sussex Parliamentary Candidate, the BBC has refused to review the membership of its panel for a BBC Sussex General Election debate in East Grinstead next Tuesday 30 May. East Grinstead is one of the three major towns in the Constituency and many local voters are likely to be in the audience, yet only the UKIP candidate has been invited to take part in the debate, whilst the other five have been excluded in favour of candidates from other constituencies in Surrey and Sussex. Inevitably, this will give the UKIP candidate a higher local profile than those running against him.
Last week in East Grinstead local residents told Greg they were shocked at the BBC’s approach and its failure to invite any other local candidates. Greg said, “East Grinstead people told me they expected all the local candidates should be invited, or alternatively none of them given that the debate is intended to reflect national issues. They feel that if only one of the local candidates has been invited, then that is biased and gives him an unfair advantage in the election”.
Greg added, "In my view the BBC is failing to live up to its own guidelines. It is favouring one candidate above the other five. This is an affront to Mid Sussex people. The BBC is attacking the heart of democracy and fairness. I do not believe in blaming anyone, I simply want equality. The BBC should immediately tell us how all other Mid Sussex candidates will get equal air time in the last week of the election period."