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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

I absolutely agree. I think that Age UK has said that four in 10 people say that TV is their only company. The free licence is therefore a social policy that the Government should retain.

The repercussions of the Government’s decision will not be felt in Whitehall; it is people in my constituency who will suffer—people in Portsea, Fratton and Southsea; Portsmouth people who I grew up living next door to. Actions speak louder than words. The Government have snatched a vital benefit from the demographic group who need it most: the most vulnerable in our society. They are owed it by the Government.