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TV licence bid which started in region gets MPs’ backing

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: March 25, 2014

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THE Government will have the power to no longer make the non-payment of the TV licence a criminal offence after MPs backed a campaign, started in North West Leicestershire, in Parliament.

The plan, led by the district’s MP Andrew Bridgen, won the support of the House of Commons, with members voting for an amendment to the Deregulation Bill.

The earliest possible date for the change is thought to be summer 2015, after the general election.

The BBC fears a law change could cost in £200 million but Mr Bridgen insisted the policy was unfair and that people were being prosecuted for ‘merely being poor’.

After the campaign was launched, it quickly gathered pace, securing the support of around 150 MPs, though Deputy Prime Minister has hinted the Liberal Democrats would not offer its support.

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