Boris demands BBC cough up to fund free TV licenses for the over 75s


THE BBC should cough up the cash to fund free TV licences for the over 75s, Boris Johnson has demanded.

The front-runner to become the next Tory leader and PM went further than before to demand the corporation splash their cash so pensioners didn’t have to.

 Boris blasted the BBC for taking the free TV licences from over 75s

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Boris blasted the BBC for taking the free TV licences from over 75sCredit: PA:Press Association

He told a Tory hustings event this evening in York: “The BBC should be coughing up for the TV licences for the over 75s.

They were given the money, it was part of the deal.”

Previously he’s said the corporation should “look after” the elderly.

But he stopped short of promising that he would personally find the cash if he becomes PM, as his rival Jeremy Hunt has done.

When asked whether the BBC should sack the Match of the Day presenter Gary Lineker, who gets paid £1.75million a year, Boris said: “That is above my pay grade, literally.”

Last week the Beeb came under fire for upping the bill on presenter spending by £10million in the last year – at the same time as axing TV licences for the over 75s.

Only the very poorest will get it, those who are claiming pension credit, causing a furious reaction from politicians.

The Government passed over responsibility to the BBC for the funding back in 2015. Making the cuts is set to save the Beeb £500million.

Boris also used the event today to slam internet giants like Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google for paying “virtually nothing” in tax.

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If he gets into No10 he promised he would find a way to tax them on their incomes to level the playing field, he added.

It’s simply uneven, simply unfair,” he said.

He also revealed he would consider cutting corporation tax too as a way of trying to boost the economy.

“You can continue to cut and still produce more economic growth,” he insisted.

“Look at America, they’ve had a big programme of tax allowances, growth is at 3.6 per cent, and money is coming in.”

The Brexiteer front-runner came under fire for promising income tax cuts for the wealthy, but Boris insisted he wanted to encourage businesses.

He blasted business rates as “crippling” and said he would cut them to help the struggling high street.

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The Brexiteer vowed to slash crippling business rates tooCredit: PA:Press Association

Meanwhile Jeremy Hunt came under fire for his stance on fox-hunting, after he said last night he wanted to repeal the ban.

He said he would vote to scrap it but admitted later it would be a free vote and would not be a priority for his government.

And he insisted there wasn’t a majority for it in Parliament at the moment, so wouldn’t happen.

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Jeremy Hunt enjoying a pint on the campaign trailCredit: PA:Press Association
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Hunt give cricket a whack at the Charterhouse Club in GoldalmingCredit: PA:Press Association
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