Rishi Sunak set to drop disputed plan to privatise Leeds-based network Channel 4

“This decision will ensure the independent UK production industry will continue to thrive and prosper.”

Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has received criticism from his own party after reports surface that the Government is set to drop it’s plan to privatise Channel 4.

Nadine Dorries, former culture secretary and Tory MP, has accused the Prime Minister of ‘U-turning’ and abandoning key parts of his previous agenda as she said it would now be “almost impossible to face the electorate” at the next general election.

Ms Dorries, who was the leader of the movement to privatise Channel 4, spoke out about the reversal of the plan once her successor wrote to Sunak explaining what a mistake it was.

Michelle Donelan wrote to the Prime Minister explaining that “pursuing a sale at this point is not the right decision and there are better ways to secure Channel 4’s corporation sustainability”.

Ms Donelan has said she plans to put together a new package of measures to “help tackle” the challenges that the Leeds based network would face in the “evolving media sector”, whilst other MPs welcomed the news that Channel 4 would not be privatised and remain how it is.

Nadine Dorries has certainly not been quiet about her feelings towards her new party leader, taking to Twitter: “Three years of a progressive Tory government being washed down the drain. Levelling up, dumped. Social care reform, dumped. Keeping young and vulnerable people safe online, watered down.

Channel 4 in Leeds.
Image: Channel 4

“A bonfire of EU leg, not happening. Sale of C4 giving back £2b reversed. Replaced with what?”

She also aimed a tweet at Sunak’s latest announcement which called for all pupils to study maths til the age of 18.

“A policy at some time in the future to teach maths for longer with teachers we don’t yet even have to do so,” she said.

“Where is the mandate – who voted for this?”

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