The programme claimed Thursday’s show was broadcast live from Dulwich in Southeast London to allow politicians attending Brexit debates in Westminster to take part more easily. Local Labour MPs Rachel Reeves and Lisa Nandy have written to the BBC and said: “Dulwich and West Norwood voted more than 70 percent to remain, while the Bolton constituencies voted almost 60 percent to leave. Given that the panellists were largely from London, we think the nation might have benefited from some non-London centric views on the programme.” The letter also said: “Can we also ask why the programme needed to take place at a school that charges more than £15,000 a year to attend?
“Schools like this benefit from a large number of prestigious events and if the event needed to take place in Dulwich could you not have looked to secure one of the state schools – Kingsdale or the Charter School for example?”
However, people on social media were outraged by the move, saying it ensured an EU-supporting audience when the panel was full of Remainers, according to the Daily Telegraph.
Some Twitter users also agreed with the MPs, writing: “BBC propaganda in full flow tonight. Disgraceful. Question Time Moved to remain heartlands in London from Bolton. 1 leaver on the panel and 4 remain.”
Another said: “Question Time was going to be in Bolton tonight – it’s been moved to London because of Brexit. Hmmmm a panel of Remainers AND an audience of Remainers. Well played.”
The panel primarily consisted of Remainers with only Daily Telegraph columnist and Brexiteer, Charles Moore supporting the result of the referendum.
The Remainer panel included left-wing journalist Ash Sarkar, Labour MP for Tottenham David Lammy, Vice President of the European Parliament, Mairead McGuinness and Conservative culture secretary Jeremy Wright.
During the show, Mr Moore asked presenter Fiona Bruce why he was the only person on the panel who was a Leave supporter.
He said: “Can I ask you a question, Fiona? Because here I am and I am delighted and honoured to be here, but there is a panel of five and I am the only Leave supporter.”
However, Ms Bruce responded: “You’re the only person who voted Leave, you mean?”
Mr Moore replied: “I believe I am the only Leave supporter as well as a matter of fact, we can argue about that, but I am certainly the only person who voted Leave.
“And again and again on this programme, the balance totally fails to reflect the wider country.”
A spokesman for the BBC rejected the claims and said in a statement: “The decision was taken at the start of the week when it was extremely unclear when and if crucial Brexit votes would be taking place.
“If there had been voting on Thursday, politicians would not have been able to get to Bolton.
“For a range of logistical reasons the decision had to be made early in the week.
“We are working with the venue in Bolton to find another suitable date and look forward to broadcasting there in due course.”