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Has BBC Radio Stoke shown anti-English bias?

Dear Members and Supporters

Here is the link to the Campaign for English Parliament’s vehicle being pulled over by Stoke Police: https://youtu.be/-RLwhWJoAc4

Now the following articles and events show how difficult it is for us to gain fair coverage. We thank the Daily Express online team for giving us fair treatment as BBC Radio Stoke had initially stated they were not interested in covering the story.

Even when we informed them what the policeman had said “The Jerusalem thing going and the [flag saying] English Parliament etcetera, etcetera – some people might take offence to that. I’m not saying people will but I’m saying some people might take offence at that.”

Please read the following an open the links as it give an insight into how difficult our campaigning can be and some of the anti-English bias we are encountering.

This is the original clip; at 1.35 you will hear the officer state that Jerusalem and an English Parliament might offend people because the community is diverse

This is the Daily Express online article with the significant part of the video clip included.

http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/768515/police-england-flag-jerusalem-offend-people-stoke-byelection

And please listen to the BBC Radio Stoke article as they have edited out the important part of the video clip and we believe that was done because of the BBC’s anti English bias.

Listen via The CEP Youtube channel https://youtu.be/fooRhm0DEgY

Now read the Stoke Sentinel newspaper article

http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/english-parliament-campaigner-claims-he-was-stopped-by-police-in-hanley-for-playing-jerusalem/story-30149872-detail/story.html

Now read the police statement sent to the Stoke Sentinel:

“Staffordshire Police approached a vehicle that was broadcasting loud music in a city centre location.

 Officers made enquires as to the circumstances and gave advice to the occupants,. Enquiries were concluded and the vehicle was allowed to proceed on its way”.

We asked the Stoke Sentinel newspaper why they had not contacted us so they could watch the full video and why they had not challenged the accuracy of the police statement.

I also informed Stoke Sentinel that the Campaign for an English Parliament had left telephone messages, e-mailed and tweeted requests asking Gareth Snell, the prospective Labour MP for Stoke Central, to condemn the police for warning the Campaign for an English Parliament that flying England’s flag and playing Jerusalem in English Street may offend people.  Tom Burnett, the Sentinel reporter who wrote the article stated he did not want to criticise labour.

 

Has BBC Radio Stoke shown anti-English bias?

On the 12th February 2017 the Campaign for an English Parliament attempted to contact BBC Radio Stoke to inform them that their campaign vehicle on the 11th February 2017 had been stopped by police saying, that playing Jerusalem and displaying the English flag could offend locals. At the time BBC Radio Stoke stated they were not interested in covering the story.

On the 20th February 2017, BBC Radio Stoke was sent the link to the Daily Express online article entitled:-

‘Fury as police warn Stoke campaigner England flag and Jerusalem hymn ‘may OFFEND locals’

Only then did BBC Radio Stoke decide they would cover the story but they covered the story in a biased and anti –English way.

The full video clip was sent to BBC Radio Stoke by the Campaign for an English Parliament just as the full video clip was sent to the Daily Express online team. The Daily Express clipped the piece at the significant part where the policeman said:

“The Jerusalem thing going and the [flag saying] English Parliament etcetera, etcetera – some people might take offence to that. I’m not saying people will but I’m saying some people might take offence at that.”

In the BBC Radio Stoke article that significant part of the video clip was edited out.

The comment by the policeman was significant because it was the very part that the Campaign for an English Parliament was complaining about. The point of the complaint was that they had been treated in an anti-English and discriminatory manner by the police.

Editing the policeman’s discriminatory comment out of the clip was no doubt intended to mislead BBC’s listeners into believing that the police had only been asking about what the vehicle was doing instead of making any comment about Jerusalem, the English flag and an English parliament being offensive to locals.

BBC Stoke Radio’s article starts at one hour 1.08

Listen via The CEP Youtube channel https://youtu.be/fooRhm0DEgY

 

We need your help to keep our campaign going; we are getting results and clearly highlighting both media and Police bias when dealing with English issues

Even a small donation helps us to continue campaigning.

To give an example

It costs £15.00 for 10 posters and £100.00 for 1000 leaflets

Fuel for the campaigning vehicle costs us £60.00 for one day or £100.00 for the weekend. (This can cost considerably more as it depends where the vehicle needs to go)

We also have the general maintenance / running costs of the vehicle as well to think about

t costs £250.00 to put a new display on the vehicle

If you would like us to come to you area with the campaign vehicle so that your neighbourhood can hear and see our message that England needing them to stand up for her, then please let us know.

Your help has always been much appreciated and your donations keeps our campaign going. If you can make a donation the please send a cheque to the Campaign for an English Parliament or via our website. Thank you

The last week has shown why we need to keep the CEP vehicle on the road but unfortunately this cannot be done without money and your donations.

However please be assured the impact of the vehicle’s message is now starting to reap benefits.

 

All the Best

Eddie Bone

Campaign Director

Campaign for an English Parliament

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