Deputy Leader Tom Watson backs my campaign to save free TV licences

Chris Webb met with Labour’s Deputy Leader and Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport secretary, Tom Watson MP in Parliament on Wednesday to discuss his campaign against cuts free TV licenses. Under the proposals thousands of local pensioners would lose their free TV license entitlement. 

Tom said, “I was delighted to meet with Chris in Parliament and hear about his campaign in Blackpool and Thornton-Cleveleys. 


“He told me how over 12,500 local pensioner households could lose their free TV licence under new proposals.


“The Campaign to End Loneliness found that 40% of older people say their television is their main source of company.


“The prospect of elderly people losing their free TV licences makes a mockery of Theresa May’s claim that austerity is over. The Government should take responsibility and save TV licences for the elderly.”


Chris said, “I was delighted to meet with Tom and get his backing for for my campaign to save thousands of free tv licences for pensioners across our town. Pensioners have been squeezed over and over again by this Government. This is just another example of the carelessness of their actions. 


“It isn’t fair that pensioners who have worked hard all their lives should be forced to give up their free TV license while the Government cuts taxes for the biggest businesses.