Warsi: Time for Miliband to come clean
The Government is now being open and transparent about its meetings with media, including News International. Labour must now do the same. Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet must also be open and transparent about their meetings with media organisations.
Conservative Party co-Chairman, Sayeeda Warsi said: “This Government is delivering unprecedented transparency, from local councils to the heart of Whitehall. Ed Miliband now needs to come clean. Where is his list of Shadow Cabinet media meetings? He was late in publishing his engagements with senior media executives. Then he only published his meetings back to September. Finally, under pressure, he then gave details back to May. On top of this, the Labour leader then had to correct his list to include an extra appointment with News International, fuelling suspicion that he chose a September cut-off to keep hidden a meeting with Rebekah Brooks.
“Instead of trying to score political points, Ed Miliband should get his own house in order.”
The statistics are interesting. News International average daily circulation as at June 2011 is 33.5 per cent. News International average Sunday circulation stands at 41.1 per cent.
The proportion of meetings between DCMS and News Corp and subsidiaries is below that of other departments and less than half that of Ed Miliband:
No data currently exists for Ed Miliband’s Shadow Cabinet colleagues.