Many constituents have been in touch regarding the BBC consultation. I am in complete agreement with local people about both the timing and the brevity of this important consultation.
My colleague, the Labour MP Chris Bryant, recently summarised how I feel. He said:
"Isn’t it true that the real aim of this (Conservative policy) is to create a smaller BBC?"
Like Chris, I believe that the BBC is our greatest cultural institution. Nobody is asking us to get rid of it, there is no political mandate for top-down change and I also feel that it flies in the face of government’s cross party support for creating an economic powerhouse in the North. The government must continue to support such a prominent and well respected employer in the North West.
I will be publicising my views on this issue in the local press, on this website and on Facebook, urging local constituents to ensure their voices are heard on this important matter.
I will also be ensuring that my views are heard when this issue is examined at the Select Committee on Culture, Media and Sport. As far as I am concerned the BBC is a national treasure and its mission of enriching people's lives with programmes and services that inform, educate and entertain, is as important today as it has been in the past.
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