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BBC — [Phil Wilson in the Chair]

Part of the debate – in Westminster Hall at 5:02 pm on 15th July 2019.

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Photo of Stephen Morgan Stephen Morgan Labour, Portsmouth South 5:02 pm, 15th July 2019

My hon. Friend is right. We must think about the most vulnerable in our society whom this decision will affect. I received a steady stream of correspondence in letters, emails, phone calls and office visits in response to my letter—the figure is in the hundreds. While each person conveyed a heartbreaking account of how they would be affected by this Government U-turn, the collective responses are a powerful testament to how important the free TV licence is.

In Portsmouth South, 300 people got in touch, and nearly 90% of them supported the continuation of the free TV licence. Nearly 70% cited loneliness as their main concern if their licence were to be revoked.