Below is the text of the comments made by Jo Stevens, the Shadow Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Secretary, on 22 June 2020.
Across the country, local and regional BBC reporting is a lifeline for communities, keeping people connected and informed.
Too often, politics and current affairs feel remote and London-centric. But local issues deserve a platform as much as those dominating at Westminster.
The Conservative Government has repeatedly tried to undermine our BBC, and the coronavirus crisis presents huge challenges for media organisations. But local reporting is vital for democracy and transparency. Despite the challenges it faces, we urge the BBC to protect local programmes.