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Lee Anderson has brutally slapped down the Liberal Democrats after they introduced they’re writing to Ofcom in an try to shut down GB News presenters criticising Sir Ed Davey’s failure to know the Post Office scandal.

In a letter to the TV regulator this morning, deputy chief Daisy Cooper blasted the channel’s assaults on Sir Ed, singling out Nigel Farage, Jacob Rees-Mogg and Lee Anderson for “bias” and “misleading” viewers over the scandal.

GB News has been sizzling on the tails of Sir Ed, after his refusal to again postmasters over the Post Office whereas serving as postal minister from 2010-12 sparked outrage among the many public.

The Lib Dem chief is now going through a number of calls to each resign as chief of his occasion and hand his knighthood again.

Ms Cooper’s letter says: “British democracy deserves better than bias, misleading and at times, frankly absurd news reporting of important matters.”

She claimed to have been “shocked” by Tory MPs on the channel, equivalent to Sir Jacob, “taking aim at political leaders from other parties about the scandal, whilst not mentioning his own party’s role in this devastating miscarriage of justice”.

She argued that, by regulation, the scandal should “be presented impartially and cover the whole picture. For those watching GB News evening shows with Conservative and Reform politicians, this is clearly not the case”.

In her full letter to Ofcom, she accused GB News of committing a number of breaches of the broadcasting code demanding accuracy and due impartiality.

Ms Cooper accused Nigel Farage of launching into “a fictitious monologue about Leader of the Liberal Democrats, Ed Davey, with a number of factual inaccuracies. The Liberal Democrats were offered no right of reply”.

She additionally attacked Sir Jacob for failing to say Paula Vennells receiving a CBE in 2019, “Nor did he mention that the governments of which he was a part dragged their feet over financial redress for the victims”.

She mentioned: “Conservative MPs hired by GB News have been entirely silent on these matters, resulting in a wholly one-sided and partisan portrayal of a major political controversy.”

Lee Anderson additionally got here beneath fireplace, having not but broadcast his weekly Friday present.

She preemptively criticised the Tory vice chair over his “posting on social media about other political parties’ role in the Horizon scandal”.

The prime Lib Dem MP additionally accused Mr Anderson of getting used PMQs yesterday to ask “what appeared to be a planted question”.

She mentioned: “We have no confidence whatsoever that his programme will cover this topic in an impartial manner.”

However Mr Anderson has already hit again, telling the Express that the Lib Dems’ “time would be better spent apologising to the victims of the Horizon scandal rather than starting a witch hunt against MPs who have quite rightly called her leader out”.

He mentioned: “She seems to forget that Sir Ed has called for the resignation of 34 prominent people in the past. Now its him under the spotlight the Lib Dems have changed their tune.”

The Lib Dem MP concluded: “Farage, Rees-Mogg and Anderson cannot be trusted to report on this issue fairly and accurately, as your Code requires. We urgently need an investigation into whether GB News is breaching your impartiality and accuracy rules.”

The Express has approached Mr Farage and Sir Jacob for remark.