BBC admits showing ‘bias’ against Reclaim MP and issues humiliating apology

EXCLUSIVE: understands the BBC is going to face legal action after admitting that its broadcast of Andrew Bridgen’s Commons debate was biased.

By DAVID MADDOX, Political Editor

Andre Bridgen

BBC Parliament channel showed bias in the broadcast of Andrew Bridgen’s debate (Image: PARLIAMENT)

The BBC has issued a humiliating apology after it admitted that captions it put up during a debate on excess deaths in Britain were “biased”.

The adjournment debate called by Reclaim and former Tory MP Andrew Bridgen was linked to concerns he has been raising about the impact of COVID-19 vaccines.

Throughout his speech, which Mr Bridgen has claimed was carefully researched, the BBC Parliament channel ran a series of captions purporting to correct what he was saying.

After complaints were made the BBC today issued a statement accepting they had acted in a biased way.

A spokesman said: “We accept there was a lack of consistency in the use of our captions and that the number posted during the speech was not proportionate, nor always relevant which created the incorrect impression that there was an editorial approach in relation to the views expressed.

“We apologise for this and are reviewing the way we use such captions during proceedings.”

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Andrew Bridgen

The BBC ran captions during Bridgen’s debate (Image: BBC PARLIAMENT)

There was already a row over the debate because the Commons chamber benches were almost completely empty for its duration.

Only Mr Bridgen and a few former Tory colleagues attended as well as the minister replying, although publin interest was highlighted by the fact that around 150 people packed into the public gallery.

Bridgen has sparked controversy with his view that the COVID-19 vaccines have led to excess deaths, but it has also given him a huge international profile with calls around the globe for inquiries into the impact of the jabs.

A source at the Reclaim Party has told that the plan now is to sue the BBC after getting an apology.

The coverage was compared to the statements the BBC has made regarding impartiality and its controversial coverage of the Israel-Gaza crisis.