Channel 4 take on Tulip Siddiq

CHANNEL 4 News editor Ben de Pear says tonight the programme will release an unedited version of chief correspondent Alex Thomson’s attempt to interview Tulip Siddiq about a ‘disappeared’ lawyer in Bangladesh.

The Hampstead and Kilburn MP has complained to police about the ‘doorstep’ style interview at Saturday’s demonstration for Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe in West Hampstead, also attended by Emma Thompson.

In the meantime, clips of Mr Thomson’s film – aired this evening – are being widely shared across the internet, including a hand across the camera (never works) and Ms Siddiq telling pregnant producer Daisy Ayliffe: “Thanks Daisy for coming. Hope you have a great birth because child labour is hard.” This has been digested as a threatening comment by the Channel 4 News, and many who watched at home. Ms Siddiq’s supporters say this is a stretch.

Her relation to Sheikh Hasina, her aunt, the prime minister of Bangladesh where the government’s human rights record has been under scrutiny for some time, was, however, always an issue that was going to flare up. Ahmad bin Quasem’s vanishing is not a new story but it’s hard to think of a time when it has been raised as forcefully as this, the renewed interest having been triggered by Ms Siddiq’s front row role in the campaign to get Ms Zaghari-Ratcliffe free an Iran prison cell.

The old picture with Putin featured in Channel 4’s reports, meanwhile, has been used against her several times before but often in an underhand way: it bounced around on email before her selection in H &K, somebody was shoving through letterboxes before the 2015 general election meanwhile. This is more direct, in fact as direct as it has ever been.

There are Awami League opponents in this country who believe the regime in Bangladesh are ecstatic at Ms Siddiq’s two election wins, because to them having a relation in the House of Commons somehow gives Hasina a greater international legitimacy. During her rise from canvasser to councillor to MP, however, Ms Siddiq has very often downplayed the link, saying a fair world would be judge her on her own record rather than that of her famous family connections

We’ll keep our eyes out for the full footage of Tulip Siddiq vs Channel 4 tomorrow.

5 Comments on Channel 4 take on Tulip Siddiq

  1. Given what we know about sweatshops in Bangladesh I don’t think her misplaced remarks about “child labour” will do her any favours. Oh- wait! She has nothing to do with Bangladesh.

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  2. Paul Braithwaite // November 29, 2017 at 8:55 am // Reply

    Judge Tulip on her record?
    A question for the constituents of Regent’s Park Ward which she represented for years whilst tirelessly pounding pavements elsewhere in Kilburn to secure the constituency’s nomination for Parliament. What did she achieve for her ward? On HS2, for example, she was invisible despite the devastation it will impose for decades to come – but she did close the ward’s Library.

    A revealing expose by Channel 4 but inaccurate to describe it as doorstepping. It was at a public rally against the human rights abuse by Iran. So, why won’t Tulip phone her friend, mentor and Aunt who is PM in Bangladesh to raise the “disappeared” lawyer, where Tulip clearly has power and influence, but she will only speak out against human rights abuse in Iran?
    Well posed by Ch 4.

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  3. in 2015 she told the Evening Standard she was in Russia lobbying Putin on LGBT rights LOL

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  4. Dreadful woman with a dreadful attitude. As a life long Labour voter, I shall never vote for her again.

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  5. Having watched the Channel Four news item on this, I am truly astounded, as I am sure many of her constituents will be, when this story breaks out into the open. The hypocritical posturing of this woman over Nazanin’s case, is breathtaking. The contradiction, between her previously, self-acclaimed status, as a representative of Bangladeshis, where-ever they may live, and her now stated unwillingness, to intervene in the case of a ‘disappeared’, British trained, barrister, by the regime led by her aunt, merely because he is not a constituent of hers, is stark.

    Thank you Richard, for raising this matter, quite honestly, I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Hopefully, your paper will now campaign equally forcefully, for Ahmad bin Quasem, as it has for Nazanin, knowing that you have great influence over the election results of Camden politicians, and hence great leverage with its MPs.

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