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

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Photo of Tan Dhesi Tan Dhesi Shadow Minister (Transport) 12:33 pm, 21st July 2020

Because of huge Government cuts, the BBC has reluctantly had to axe the free TV licence for the over-75s, and make substantial reductions to national news and its much-treasured regional news output. During the heat of the election, the Conservatives extolled the virtues of local news and promised to protect our elderly from isolation by retaining their free TV licences. Will the Minister take this opportunity to apologise to those millions of pensioners and the BBC staff who will lose their jobs as a result of the Government’s broken manifesto pledge?