Commenting on reports that the BBC had subjected members of the BNP to ‘soft’ questioning, Liberal Democrat Shadow Home Secretary, Chris Huhne said:
“The BBC must make sure that it is as quizzical and demanding of the BNP as its presenters are with everyone in politics.
“Now the BNP have got a foothold in elected office, the standard of questions into their position has to increase.
“There must be no soft rides.”
Neath Labour MP Peter Hain would prefer BBC not to give BNP any exposure at all. The Independent reports that his complaint to the corporation about Nick Griffin's imminent appearance on "Question Time" has prompted "a bitter split" with colleagues.