Closing a debate on BBC Charter Renewal in Parliament on Tuesday, Louise vowed to fight "underhand, contemptible" government attempts to reduce over-75s TV licensing entitlements.
Commenting after the debate, Louise Haigh MP - Labour's new shadow digital economy minister said:
"It was a privilege to close the BBC Charter Debate this week on behalf of the opposition.
We all own the BBC and we cherish it. I was proud to reaffirm our commitment to this national institution as its charter was renewed for a further decade. The BBC should continue doing what it does so well – providing something for everyone, from Gardener’s World to Doctor Who, The One Show to The Life Scientific, from Women’s Hour to Hey Duggee!
But I raised our serious concerns about the contemptible, underhand, bully-boy way in which the government negotiated this licence fee settlement. Forcing the BBC to accept a dramatic budget cut and now it is attempting to hand over responsibility for over-75 TV licences to the broadcaster.
If this policy is allowed through the BBC will be forced to cut TV licences for the over-75s and the Government will wash their hands of all responsibility. We will fight this cavalier, underhand attempt to by ministers to absolve themselves of responsibility for a social security benefit which pensioners cherish."
You can watch the full speech here: https://goo.gl/DR1ipU
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