Culture Secretary Nadine Doris has been called upon to correct the recording after allegations she made in parliament were declared “baseless” and “outright lies”.
Speaking to the Committee on Digital Technology, Culture, Media and Sport on Thursday, Ms Doris said that Channel 4 reality show, in which she appeared in 2010, used actors.
But both the production company and the people who took part in the show with the cabinet minister disagreed with this version of events.
In the Tower Block of Commons show, members of parliament “left behind the splendor of Westminster and their comfortable homes for eight days and nights to live in municipal tower properties in some of Britain’s most needy neighborhoods”.
Mrs. Doris went to share an apartment with sisters Rena and Renisha Spain at the South Acton mansion in west London.
Speaking to lawmakers on Thursday, Ms. Doris said: “The parents of the boys in this program actually came here to have lunch with me and contacted me to tell me that they were actually in acting school and that in fact they were not living in an apartment and they were not real.
“And even if you remember, there’s a pharmacist or someone I went to see who prepares food – she was also a paid actress.”
Speaking to Sky News, Rena Spine said: “It was an outright lie and she knows it. I don’t know where he got this nonsense from.
“She was a nightmare, a different person when the camera was spinning. It made me feel disgusting, stop lying about me.”
Labor MP Ruping Hook, a member of Ealing Central and Acton and also a member of the DCMS committee, said:
“I hope Nadine Doris didn’t misrepresent some of my voters at the South Acton mansion as actors.
“This is one of the most needy areas of West London and the daily struggles of the people there are very real. If she has let the committee down, the Secretary of State must rectify this quickly. “
A Channel 4 spokesman said: “This is the first suggestion we’ve heard that viewers have been misled about Tower Block of Commons contributors.
“We will contact the Secretary of State to seek further details so that we can investigate him in depth.”
A spokesman for Love Productions, who made the show for Channel 4, said: “We do not use actors to present themselves as collaborators in any of his documentaries or feature series.
“Nadine Doris is involved in the creation of the Tower Block of Commons for Channel 4 along with other real contributors, and we are convinced that her claims are unfounded.
“However, we take the allegations seriously and will investigate in depth. We are also awaiting Nadine Doris’ response to Channel 4’s request for evidence to support her comments.”
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