Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Aaron Bell Aaron Bell Conservative, Newcastle-under-Lyme 12:33 pm, 21st July 2020

I thank the Minister for his statement. I agree with him that the BBC still does a number of things well, particularly with regard to coronavirus. However, with this decision on the over-75s, the cutbacks to regional news and regional current affairs, and the news that £12 million has been paid out of licence fee payers’ money to settle the tax bills of former BBC presenters, does he agree with me and my constituents in Newcastle-under-Lyme that it is far too metropolitan and out of touch with towns across the country such as Newcastle?