Conservatives want to freeze BBC licence

The UK Conservative Party is planning to force a Commons vote to halt a planned £3 (E3.4) rise in the BBC licence fee. The Tory leader wants to freeze the fee at £139.50 and has formally challenged plans to raise it to £142.50.

Ministers have agreed to debate the matter on 20 May, when Cameron hopes to engineer a vote on the matter. It follows his pledge in March that a Conservative government would freeze the BBC licence fee this year and may be prepared to cut it in future years if they come into power.

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