Tory bullying inquiry witness: ‘BBC complicit in bid to defame me’

Ben Harris-Quinney was called ‘Walter Mitty character’ by BBC’s Andrew Neil.

So much for the BBC’s claim of being non-partisan, and the claims of so many Tories that the BBC is left-wing; Auntie has been accused of colluding with the Conservative Government to undermine on of the Tories’ own.

It seems Ben Harris-Quinney may have a substantial case. We know Andrew Neil is an ardent Conservative supporter, and there is plenty of evidence to show that leading members of the BBC news team are Tories too.

The bullying scandal is causing the Conservatives serious credibility problems – to put it mildly – so it is not beyond the realms of possibility that members of the Nasty Party might arrange to stitch up their own people.

Backstabbing is in their blood.

The chair of a rightwing thinktank due to give evidence to the Tory bullying inquiry has claimed the BBC was complicit in an attempt by the Conservative party to assassinate his character.

In a formal letter of complaint to the BBC Trust and the corporation’s director general, Tony Hall, Ben Harris-Quinney explains he was invited to appear on the Daily Politics programme to discuss vote-swapping between Tory and Ukip voters.

But he claims he was instead placed in a cubicle and subjected to a series of questions about his character, ultimately being accused by the presenter, Andrew Neil, of being a “Walter Mitty figure”.

Harris-Quinney, who is chairman of the Bow Group, the UK’s oldest conservative thinktank, alleges the Daily Politics took part in an attempted “political assassination” led by figures from Conservative campaign headquarters (CCHQ) including Paul Abbott, former of chief of staff to ex-party chairman Grant Shapps, and Mark Clarke, the former election aide at the heart of the bullying scandal.

Source: Tory bullying inquiry witness: ‘BBC complicit in bid to defame me’ | Politics | The Guardian

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