Lib Dems call on PM to reverse licence fee plan and stop BBC attacks

Acting Leader of the Liberal Democrats Ed Davey and Liberal Democrat DCMS Spokesperson Daisy Cooper have written to the Prime Minister calling for him to reverse plans to scrap the BBC licence fee.

Home Affairs spokesperson Ed Davey

In the letter sent to Number 10 Ed Davey and Daisy Cooper outline how the Conservative government’s plans will “cost the BBC hundreds of millions of pounds” and “at least double the cost of viewing the BBC”.

Following the letter Ed Davey said: “The Liberal Democrats will fight tooth and nail for the BBC. Everyone has witnessed this Prime Minister try to wriggle out of press scrutiny and then attack parts of the media from the BBC to Channel 4, to newspapers he doesn’t like. 

“The British Press is by no means without criticism, but at its best, the BBC remains a beacon of independent journalism as well as high-quality entertainment. 

“Boris Johnson has no election mandate for his BBC plans, so Liberal Democrats will work with other progressives to champion public broadcasting and stop the Conservatives’ attempt to Americanise our TV news.”

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