Nadine Dorries to give urgent Russia update TODAY as she faces furious demands to ban RT

The Culture Secretary will give a statement in the Commons at approximately 11.30am.

The UK Government has continued to ramp up sanctions taken against Russia as punishment for Putin’s invasion of Ukraine.

Ministers have found themselves under intense pressure from Tory backbenchers and opposition MPs to ban the RT news channel and Sputnik radio from broadcasting in the UK as part of the measures being brought forward.

The Russian state-controlled international television network and radio station have been accused of repeating propaganda from the Kremlin on what is happening in Ukraine.

Yesterday the communications regulator Ofcom announced it had opened a total of 27 investigations into news programmes on RT.

It said: “We are very concerned by the volume of programmes on RT that are raising potential issues under the Broadcasting Code, and as we progress our investigations we are considering whether RT should retain a UK licence.”

Ms Dorries wrote to Ofcom last week to urge it to consider whether the licence should remain in place.

However, despite calls for her to act from MPs, she has so far refused to personally intervene in the decision-making process, saying it is right for the decision to be left to the independent regulator.

More to follow…

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