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29 September 2009

BECTU is supporting the NUJ-organised lobby of Parliament as part of the campaign to stop top-slicing of the BBC licence fee.

The lobby will take place on  Wednesday 14 October and will coincide with a meeting with MPs at  15.00 hours in Committee Room 15 at the House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA.

Details of the line-up and guidance to branches will be issued shortly.

Assistant general secretary, Luke Crawley, said:

“Members should take this opportunity to lobby their MPs to stop the attempts to top slice the BBC’s income. Assurances by the culture secretary, Ben Bradshaw, that legislation could strictly limit the amount of money to be taken each year would not stop a future administration trying to take more."

"The licence fee has broad public support and MPs should need no reminding that the run up to an election is a bad time to pursue unpopular policies."

"Come along to the lobby and tell your MP what you think.”

Tomorrow evening (Wednesday) at the Labour Party conference in Brighton, Ben Bradshaw will join BECTU's Gerry Morrissey, the NUJ's Jeremy Dear, the BBC's chief operating officer, Caroline Thomson and John Grogan MP, to discuss the impact of Digital Britain on the BBC.