On Monday 24 May, MP for Southend West, Sir David Amess, wrote to the Director General of the BBC, Mr Tim Davie, following complaints about the impartiality of presenters and the controversy surrounding the interview of Princess Diana.
In his letter Sir David said:
"Following my last letter to you of 23 March, could I please have a response to my complaint about two of your BBC Breakfast Show presenters regarding the Union Jack and the picture of the Queen. What action has been taken against them?
Secondly, I have tabled an Early Day Motion regarding the Eurovision Song Contest. I have attached a copy; please may I have your response.
Finally, with reference to the criminal action of one of your presenters, what has happened regarding the Princess Diana interview? It cannot possibly be glossed over with the presenter retiring from the BBC and the former Chairman resigning from his position on the National Gallery Board - it is much more serious than that. The news broadcasts since these revelations consist of BBC presenters talking about the criminal activities of the BBC as if it was somehow not the organisation which they work for. This is absolutely ridiculous.
This nonsense has gone on for years. When I was the Member of Parliament for Basildon, a Panorama programme reported on unemployment in Basildon and was edited in such a way that it had me saying unemployment was a good thing, which I certainly did not say. I and many other Members of Parliament are absolutely sick to death of our constituents' license fees being used to produce distorted programmes and to perpetuate an anti-establishment agenda. Other than appearing before House of Commons Select Committees, what action will you be taking this week?"