Huw Edwards tells radio station to jog on as they call him out over voting remark

Queen's Speech: Huw Edwards discusses 'remarkable' monarch

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Huw Edwards, 59, was tagged in a tweet from the radio station and didn’t hesitate to correct them over a segment on the BBC. From Sixteen Million Rising’s Twitter page, they shared a graph showing a chart of those who voted for Labour and Conservative in 2017. The graph showed two results from those who voted who held a driving license, and those who didn’t.

In view of their 50,000 followers, the Rejoin EU supporters wrote: “The BBC’s most highly paid news anchor, @huwbbc claims ‘it’s clearly not the Government’s intention to obstruct people’s ability to vote’.

“Try doing some research before you claim the gift of telepathy, Huw.”

They went on to write: “At best, the government is attempting to ‘fix’ a problem that barely exists (voter fraud) while ignoring plenty that do (high rise cladding).

“At worst? It’s part of their ‘package of measures’ to remain in power for a generation #ToryCorruption #ToryDictatorship.”

Hitting back, Huw wrote: “I said it wasn’t the ‘stated’ intention. A rather crucial qualification?

“I don’t claim the gift of telepathy – any more than you can claim the gift of accuracy. Jog on. @BBCNews.”

In response to Huw’s tweet, Alastair Campbell wrote: “@huwbbc I think it is. Tho I know you said not their ‘stated intention’.

“I have studied recent move to populism and authoritarianism around the world closely.(sic)

“The stated intention is often the opposite of the intention. Putin Trump Bolsonaro Erdogan Netanyahu Orban offer pointers.”

The radio station’s tweet came after Huw fronted a segment on The State Opening of Parliament yesterday, which marks the formal start of the parliamentary year.

The Queen’s Speech set out the Government’s proposals for the coming session, outlining policies and legislation.

The broadcaster was joined by a group of MPs to discuss the political system and recent elections.

Following their Twitter exchange, many of his followers flocked to his post to share their views.

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One user commented: “It’s getting harder and harder.

“Once upon a time a hue could rely on a certain amount of honourability from an MP. Not these days.”

A second added: “You are fast becoming my favourite Twitter account. Cracking use of ‘Jog on’.”

The father-of-five has been vocal about his thoughts on the elections in Scotland, Wales and England this month.

In one tweet, the Welsh journalist defiantly wrote: “A polite word from my Cameronian shed to remind fellow journalists that elections in Wales Scotland are not “local” or “regional” but NATIONAL.

“The English elections are local and regional. Humbly yours.”

In response to a now-deleted tweet, he added: “My dear chap.

“The fact that England doesn’t have national elections in no way affects the national status of this week’s contests in Wales and Scotland.

“That’s all I’m saying. Thank you.“

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