I've recently had a lot of constituents getting in touch about Rupert Murdoch’s bid to buy Sky TV.
Karen Bradley, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport is set to make a decision on whether she will refer the takeover to the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) for an in-depth investigation. Many people from Lewisham Deptford were concerned Karen Bradley may make this decision during the summer recess whilst Parliament is not sitting - leaving MPs unable to properly question her verdict.
I have written this letter to Karen Bradley on behalf of the constituents who have contacted me about this matter:
I’m writing on behalf of over seventy constituents from Lewisham Deptford who have contacted me about 21st Century Fox’s proposed takeover of Sky.
They have asked I urge you to make your announcement on whether to refer the proposed takeover for a more in-depth investigation when the summer recess is over and Parliament is in session.
I agree with my constituents and believe it would be undemocratic to refuse MPs the opportunity to hold the government to account and question the decision.
Please assure myself and my constituents that you will respect one of the main functions of Parliament and deliver your verdict whilst the house is sitting, allowing MP’s to check and challenge the work of the Government.
Vicky Foxcroft MP
I have since received a response from Karen Bradley, as shown below.