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Closure Of Local Newspapers

EDM number 585 in 2014-15, proposed by Gareth Thomas on 01/12/2014.
Categorised under the topic of Press.

That this House regrets the latest announcement from Trinity Mirror newspapers that approximately 50 editorial and non-editorial jobs will be lost as seven newspapers in the south of England, including the Harrow Observer, Reading Post and Surrey Herald, are to be closed; notes that the proposals will mean that the county of Berkshire will be served by a digital-only model; further notes that the latest closures come on top of the closure of 150 local newspaper titles since the financial crisis of 2008, with many more reducing the frequency of publication or the range of locally-specific news coverage; is concerned about the loss of such assets to local communities and the important democratic function they serve in reporting on public life including local and national election campaigning; welcomes the recent cross-party stakeholder seminar organised by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport to consider policy responses; and joins the National Union of Journalists in calling for a short, sharp cross-party and inter-departmental government inquiry into securing a future for the industry, in order to protect the public interest and defend jobs in quality local journalism.

This motion has been signed by a total of 49 MPs.

Gareth Thomas01/12/2014Harrow WestLabourProposed
Austin Mitchell01/12/2014Great GrimsbyLabourSeconded
Paul Flynn01/12/2014Newport WestLabourSeconded
Alex Cunningham01/12/2014Stockton NorthLabourSeconded
John McDonnell01/12/2014Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSeconded
John Leech01/12/2014Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Jeremy Corbyn01/12/2014Islington NorthLabourSigned
Bob Blackman01/12/2014Harrow EastConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock01/12/2014Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Bob Russell01/12/2014ColchesterLiberal DemocratSigned
Jonathan Edwards02/12/2014Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned
Alan Meale02/12/2014MansfieldLabourSigned
Martin Caton02/12/2014GowerLabourSigned
Jim Shannon02/12/2014StrangfordDUPSigned
Liz McInnes02/12/2014Heywood and MiddletonLabourSigned
Graham Stringer02/12/2014Blackley and BroughtonLabourSigned
Michael Weir03/12/2014AngusScottish National PartySigned
Nigel Dodds03/12/2014Belfast NorthDUPSigned
Kelvin Hopkins03/12/2014Luton NorthLabourSigned
Ronnie Campbell03/12/2014Blyth ValleyLabourSigned
Virendra Sharma03/12/2014Ealing, SouthallLabourSigned
Dennis Skinner03/12/2014BolsoverLabourSigned
Valerie Vaz04/12/2014Walsall SouthLabourSigned
Mary Glindon04/12/2014North TynesideLabourSigned
David Heyes04/12/2014Ashton-under-LyneLabourSigned
Mark Hunter04/12/2014CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
Adrian Sanders04/12/2014TorbayLiberal DemocratSigned
Ian Lavery04/12/2014WansbeckLabourSigned
Jim McGovern05/12/2014Dundee WestLabourSigned
Chris Ruane08/12/2014Vale of ClwydLabourSigned
Caroline Lucas08/12/2014Brighton, PavilionGreenSigned
Tony Cunningham10/12/2014WorkingtonLabourSigned
Paul Murphy10/12/2014TorfaenLabourSigned
Roger Godsiff15/12/2014Birmingham, Hall GreenLabourSigned
Sandra Osborne18/12/2014Ayr, Carrick and CumnockLabourSigned
Yasmin Qureshi05/01/2015Bolton South EastLabourSigned
Katy Clark05/01/2015North Ayrshire and ArranLabourSigned
Grahame Morris05/01/2015EasingtonLabourSigned
Gregory Campbell07/01/2015East LondonderryDUPSigned
Simon Reevell13/01/2015DewsburyConservativeSigned
Elfyn Llwyd19/01/2015Dwyfor MeirionnyddPlaid CymruSigned
Mark Williams22/01/2015CeredigionLiberal DemocratSigned
Joe Benton23/01/2015BootleLabourSigned
Gerald Kaufman26/01/2015Manchester, GortonLabourSigned
George Galloway11/02/2015Bradford WestRespectSigned
Stephen Hepburn26/02/2015JarrowLabourSigned
Tom Greatrex04/03/2015Rutherglen and Hamilton WestLabourSigned
Lady Hermon12/03/2015North DownIndependentSigned
Mike Wood20/03/2015Batley and SpenLabourSigned

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