Chris Bryant

Chris Bryant MP writes a column for The Independent

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BBC: I’m proud of having a broadcaster that’s the envy of the world

Sometimes we have to fight for the things we love

John Whittingdale strolls up to Number 10 earlier this week

The public won't forgive John Whittingdale if he guts the BBC

Reducing the Beeb's output to high-minded documentaries would be a disaster

Baftas 2015: Britain is diverse, so why is our TV and film so overwhelmingly white?

Looking around the awards ceremony, I could count barely a dozen non-white faces

James Blunt is married to Sofia Wellesley, the grand daughter of the eighth Duke of Wellington

It’s so much easier for the privileged to be successful

I have no beef whatsoever with those from a privileged background doing well for themselves, in the arts or in any other field

Don't rely on wishful thinking to bring about a better world. Get your own hands dirty

I want to shout, “Wake up!” in every liberal or leftish ear

Tom Daley breaks his silence on his new romance in an interview on The Jonathan Ross Show

Please don’t turn Tom Daley into a role model

My fear is that public exposure and the natural inclination to turn him into some kind of icon will unhinge his life unnecessarily

It’s the book-buying season. And no wonder, given the joy of a proper read

There’s no experience like sitting alongside a character for hundreds of pages

The Rhondda, where programme makers from MTV UK want to film The Valleys

Don’t dismiss teenagers until I’ve told you about the ones in the Rhondda

Public perceptions of young people are completely at variance with reality

Argentina couldn’t rewrite its history, and neither can the Conservatives

Memory is precious in politics; something  Labour lost sight of in 2010

Hugo Lloris stays on the field during Tottenham's draw with Everton despite being having earlier lost consciousness

From sport to politics, male assertiveness is getting out of hand

PMQs was never intended to be the bear pit it has become

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