Neave portrayal anger

Sandy Lovatt

Sandy Lovatt

First published in News

Town council leader Sandy Lovatt has criticised a Channel 4 drama for suggesting that the town’s former MP was killed by the security services.

Utopia, screened last night, suggested that Airey Neave’s murder was carried out by a secret MI5 cell in March, 1979, not by the Irish National Liberation Army.

The Abingdon MP, elected in 1953 and shadow Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, died in the car bomb attack at the House of Commons.

The council leader said: “Mr Neave was a war hero who escaped from Colditz and his death was dramatic enough. There’s no need to fictionalise it.’’

Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS, SPORT and JAYDEN depending on what services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
Our top stories

Cyclists warned: Don't be dimwits

Oxford Mail:

9:00am Saturday 25th October 2014

BIKE safety campaigners have warned that cyclists are risking their lives, after an Oxford Mail survey found more than half of them were riding without lights.

Extra hour tonight! Celebrate with top bands at unique Oxford gig

Oxford Mail:

1:40pm Saturday 25th October 2014

With an extra hour to enjoy - or recover with - tonight is the perfect night to celebrate one of Oxford's biggest nights of music

FOOTBALL: Rose wants to keep Oxford United climbing

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

Danny Rose is targeting a move into mid-table today as Oxford United visit Carlisle United in search of a third win in eight days.

Shhh... silent film is a reel hit with movie buffs

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Saturday 25th October 2014

FILM buffs were given a taste of how movies used to be watched as they turned out for a silent screening in Witney.

Update: Oxford University student Isobel Priest is found safe and well

Oxford Mail:

8:49am Saturday 25th October 2014

Police have said the 21-year-old Oxford University student who was reported missing has been found safe and well.

Runaway emu killed after crash with car

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:40am Saturday 25th October 2014

AN EMU escaped from a garden in Boar’s Hill and died after being hit by a car, Thames Valley Police said yesterday.

Comments (2)

Please log in to enable comment sorting

3:52pm Tue 15 Jul 14

IffleyRoadRider says...

The matching of (fictional) plots with history is such a common device that if he doesn't get it I suggest that Sandy Lovatt doesn't watch the program again, or expose himself to fantasies such as "The Prince and the Pauper" or "Robin Hood" - he might get his facts confused. I would hope that a town councillor, especially a leader would have a bit more sophistication.
The matching of (fictional) plots with history is such a common device that if he doesn't get it I suggest that Sandy Lovatt doesn't watch the program again, or expose himself to fantasies such as "The Prince and the Pauper" or "Robin Hood" - he might get his facts confused. I would hope that a town councillor, especially a leader would have a bit more sophistication. IffleyRoadRider
  • Score: -2

12:39pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Adrian1 says...

I sat here for a while thinking 'storm in a tea cup' but finally figured I should say I can understand why Sandy Lovatt should feel strongly enough to voice such a concern. That is that Airey Neave carried that much respect that he'd have been returned if he'd stood as an indipendant. Few of our MP's have matched that since and it's with regret I have to say I don't know of any today who are there. So thank you Sandy Lovatt for putting voice to the greater picture.
I sat here for a while thinking 'storm in a tea cup' but finally figured I should say I can understand why Sandy Lovatt should feel strongly enough to voice such a concern. That is that Airey Neave carried that much respect that he'd have been returned if he'd stood as an indipendant. Few of our MP's have matched that since and it's with regret I have to say I don't know of any today who are there. So thank you Sandy Lovatt for putting voice to the greater picture. Adrian1
  • Score: 0

Comments are closed on this article.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree