20/10/2014 10:47 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Bill Oddie Says Large Families Should Be 'Contained'


British families should be stopped from having lots of children, Bill Oddie has suggested.

During a debate on immigration the former member of The Goodies claimed that restricting the number of babies born per family in the UK was the solution to overpopulation.

"There should just as likely be a restriction on the number of children that British people have because overpopulation is what you are talking about here, the big problem," the 73-year-old said during a debate entitled 'Is the UK too hostile to immigration?' on BBC One's Sunday Morning Live.

"So you say these perfectly well-qualified people can't come in, but the woman down the road has just had her 10th baby. Well I'm sorry, but they are the people that really should be contained. It would make a difference."

Bill's views sparked controversy on Twitter, with many people taking to the social media site to criticise him and many accused him of 'demonising' the British working class.

One wrote: "Bill Oddie, have you just implied working-class people are over-breeding and should be contained, demonisation."

But others agreed with Bill's views, and another tweeter wrote: "I found it particularly refreshing to hear Bill's honest assessment! As you say there is hope!"

Bill, who has three daughters and three granddaughters, has as yet not responded to the Twitter criticism.

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