BBC Regional Politics Coverage

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 5:36 pm on 22nd June 2020.

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Photo of Toby Perkins Toby Perkins Shadow Minister (Education) 5:36 pm, 22nd June 2020

I thank the hon. Gentleman for securing this debate, which is incredibly important. I am a great defender of the BBC and will happily defend the licence fee. I feel strongly that one of the things the BBC gives us that would be lost in its absence is regional accountability—the ability for people to find out what is happening in their local area, so that they can hold their politicians to account. The BBC risks losing that if it carries on in this way, so I support the hon. Gentleman’s argument. Does he think we should say to the BBC that if it wants to continue to justify the licence fee, it needs to protect the things that are precious about the BBC?