MP wants Jeremy Kyle to face jail after refusing to give evidence over death

Jeremy Kyle refused to give evidence when MPs held an investigation into his now-axed ITV show.

And now, Tory MP Damian Collins, who chairs the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee, says he thinks the star should face jail over his refusal to appear.

A committee meeting was held last week to investigate The Jeremy Kyle Show following the suicide of guest Steve Dymond, who died just days after failing a lie detector test while trying to prove to his fiancée that he didn't cheat.

The presenter was asked to give evidence but refused to attend.

In his absence, Tom McLennan, executive producer of the Jeremy Kyle Show, Graham Stanier, Director of Aftercare for the show, and other ITV bosses were blasted for failing to establish the exact accuracy of lie detector tests.

Channel execs also promised MPs that they would not make another show with the "look and feel" of The Jeremy Kyle Show.

But Mr Collins says he wants more to be done if people refuse to attend the hearings.

He told The Guardian : "I believe we need to formalise powers and have clear real-world sanctions for those that refuse to comply with a request to provide evidence.

"In the US, such behaviour is treated as a criminal offence, just as perjury in court would be.

"These committees have become a place where parliament can stand up for the interests of the people.

"I am strongly in favour of real-world sanctions for those who fail to comply with parliamentary committees."


The show was immediately pulled off the air and subsequently cancelled following Mr Dymond's death, but ITV bosses said they'd continue to work with Kyle on other projects.

Before the hearing, Mr Collins said: "We believe that Jeremy Kyle himself should be an important witness to [our inquiry] as the show is based around him as the lead presenter of it.

"We have sent an invitation to Mr Kyle through his representatives.

"And we have received word back from them that he has declined to appear in front of the committee on Tuesday next week."

He later added: "We will be pursuing this matter with his representatives to fully understand the reasons why he has declined.

"We’ll start our inquiry by questioning the leaders of ITV."

Mirror Online has contacted ITV and Kyle's representatives for comment.

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