Commons eye-level cameras approved


Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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Voters are due to see a better side of their MPs after the general election – with new camera angles being introduced in the House of Commons.

The ruling Commons Commission has approved the use of more flattering eye-level shots following an “off-air” trial last month.

The move comes after a BBC documentary team was allowed to film on the floor of the House during Prime Minister’s Questions for the first time.

The handful of high, fixed camera positions in the Commons have long been a source of irritation among MPs and broadcasters.

The front benches come off particularly badly as a result, with bags under their eyes and receding hairlines cruelly emphasised.

Despite a series of trials, there has previously been resistance to extra positions at eye level, with concerns expressed that MPs’ view of the Speaker could be obscured.

But the latest scheme, with cameras discreetly mounted looking along the Government and Opposition benches, has won approval from John Bercow and the commission.

Minutes of its meeting this week state: “Following the success of a recent trial, the Commission endorsed a proposal to install additional cameras in the House of Commons Chamber.”

The new cameras are expected to go live after the election.

Published: Wednesday 11th February 2015 by The News Editor

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