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My complaint to the BBC

May 3, 2010 , , , , , , , , , ,

This is my complaint to the BBC over the lack of coverage relating to the Philippa Stroud story featured in the Observer on 2 May 2010. If you feel you’d like to have your say, here’s a link to BBC News Watch. If I have any updates, I’ll post them here.

I am writing to complain about the lack of coverage by the BBC of the Conservative PPC for Sutton and Cheam, Philippa Stroud, who was reported in the Observer on May 1 as running prayer sessions to cure gay people. If true, this is a shocking revelation, especially when you examine this alongside Chris Grayling and other Tory candidates’ views on homosexuality. But there are other issues relating to Mrs Stroud’s relationship with her church: Newfrontiers. Look at point 7 in their 17 values “A church where Biblical family life is highly valued, where husband and wife embrace male servant leadership and joyful female submission, where godly parenting is taught and practised and where the special value of singleness and its unique opportunities are affirmed.” If elected, how would Mrs Stroud act in the interests of her constituents when she is expected to practice “joyful female submission”? Will the people of Sutton and Cheam be voting for Mrs Stroud’s husband if she wins the seat? I am surprised that in the run-up to a general election, this news has not been covered by the BBC. Can you explain the editorial decision not to report this story?


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