Monday 10 June 2019 / 2:24 PM Tom Watson

Tom Watson responds to TV Licence consultation

Tom Watson MP, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party and Shadow Culture Secretary, responding to the conclusion of the BBC’s TV Licence consultation, said:


“It is an outrage that this Government is overseeing the scrapping of free TV licences for 3 million older people, leaving a Tory manifesto promise in tatters.

“In the same week that Boris Johnson has championed tax cuts for the rich, the Conservative Government has delivered yet another ruthless welfare cut to some of the most vulnerable people in our society.

“I challenge all Tory leadership candidates to honour the commitment they made in 2017. You cannot means test for social isolation. You cannot means test for loneliness. Millions of elderly and isolated people will lose because of this announcement – Labour will fight it with everything we’ve got.”