Labour's Opposition Day Motion on Rupert Murdoch and the News Corporation bid for BSkyB is being debated in the House of Commons this afternoon. The motion states:
"This House believes that it is in the public interest for Rupert Murdoch and News Corporation to withdraw their bid for BSkyB."
News that Rupert Murdoch has withdrawn his bid was welcomed around Parliament.
"I stand with the Labour Party in opposing the News International acquisition of BSkyB. The process has, in our opinion, not undergone proper scrutiny and the implications of Mr. Murdoch gaining such as large section of the British media have not been properly accounted for. I am glad that the bid has now been withdrawn.
"I was pleased to hear that, after enormous pressure from the public and the Labour Party, David Cameron was compelled to ask Ofcom to investigate whether News Corps are a “fit and proper owner”.
With regards to the leadership of News International, it is my belief that those who were in positions of responsibility whilst the hacking was going on, should be made accountable for the work culture they created at the News of the World. It is for this reason that I support Ed Miliband’s call for Rebekah Brooks to resign in light of the recent allegations.
Thank you also to the hundreds of constituents who have written to and emailed me about this important issue.”
Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Labour Party, reacting to the withdrawal of the bid for BSkyB, has said:
“This is a victory for people up and down this country who have been appalled by the revelations of the phone hacking scandal and the failure of News International to take responsibility.
“People thought it was beyond belief that Mr Murdoch could continue with his takeover after these revelations.
“It is these people who won this victory. They told Mr Murdoch: ‘This far and no further’.
“Nobody should exercise power in this country without responsibility.”