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SUPPORT FOR LOCAL JOURNALISM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 916: tabled on 26 February 2009

Tabled in the 2008-09 session.

This motion has been signed by 143 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House regrets the trend of cutbacks and lack of investment in local journalism by the owners of local news providers; notes that since the summer of 2008 over 1,000 editorial posts in local news have been cut or left unfilled and that dozens of local newspaper offices have closed despite local newspapers remaining viable and profitable businesses from which huge sums having been returned to shareholders over a number of years and where the pay of directors has rocketed; further notes that local journalists are over-worked, often being forced to cover wider areas owing to staffing cutbacks; further notes that coverage of court trials, council meetings and local elections is in massive decline; re-affirms a commitment to high quality local journalism as an integral part of engaging people in their community, strengthening local identities and democracy; believes that Government action in this area must focus on supporting local journalism not simply propping up companies that have already extracted millions of pounds from their businesses whilst cutting investment in editorial resources; and therefore calls on the Government to explore innovative solutions to preserve local journalism and to ensure that state support, either in the form of deregulatory measures or financial help, is given only where firm guarantees on investment in local journalism are secured.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 9 March 2009
Blaydon
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Austin, John
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Erith and Thamesmead
Baker, Norman
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2009
Lewes
Banks, Gordon
Labour
Signed on 22 April 2009
Ochil and South Perthshire
Berry, Dr Roger
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2009
Kingswood
Betts, Mr Clive
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2009
Sheffield, Attercliffe
Binley, Mr Brian
Conservative
Signed on 1 June 2009
Northampton South
Brake, Tom
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 21 April 2009
Carshalton and Wallington
Brooke, Annette
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 March 2009
Mid Dorset and North Poole
Brown, Mr Russell
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2009
Dumfries and Galloway
Burstow, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Sutton and Cheam
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2009
Solihull
Cable, Dr Vincent
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 June 2009
Twickenham
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 March 2009
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Blyth Valley
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Gower
Challen, Colin
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2009
Morley and Rothwell
Clark, Ms Katy
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
North Ayrshire and Arran
Clarke, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2009
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Cohen, Harry
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Leyton and Wanstead
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Conway, Derek
Independent Conservative
Signed on 2 April 2009
Old Bexley and Sidcup
Cook, Frank
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2009
Stockton North
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Keighley
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Coventry South
Davey, Mr Edward
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2009
Kingston and Surbiton
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Burton
Devine, Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Livingston
Dismore, Mr Andrew
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Hendon
Dobbin, Jim
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Heywood and Middleton
Dobson, Frank
Labour
Signed on 24 April 2009
Holborn and St Pancras
Donaldson, Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 March 2009
Lagan Valley
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2009
Lewisham West
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 27 February 2009
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 23 April 2009
Sunderland North
Featherstone, Lynne
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 29 April 2009
Hornsey and Wood Green
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Newport West
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 18 May 2009
Bethnal Green and Bow
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Ilford South
George, Andrew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 March 2009
St Ives
Gerrard, Mr Neil
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Walthamstow
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Birmingham, Sparkbrook and Small Heath
Goldsworthy, Julia
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 April 2009
Falmouth and Camborne
Gray, Mr James
Conservative
Signed on 3 March 2009
North Wiltshire
Hamilton, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2009
Midlothian
Hamilton, Fabian
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2009
Leeds North East
Hancock, Mr Mike
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Portsmouth South
Harris, Mr Tom
Labour
Signed on 18 May 2009
Glasgow South
Harvey, Nick
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 March 2009
North Devon
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Luton North
Howarth, David
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 31 March 2009
Cambridge
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Chorley
Hughes, Simon
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 March 2009
North Southwark and Bermondsey
Huhne, Chris
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2009
Eastleigh
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 27 February 2009
Cheadle
Iddon, Dr Brian
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Bolton South East
Illsley, Mr Eric
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Barnsley Central
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 29 April 2009
Hampstead and Highgate
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Lynne
Labour
Signed on 27 February 2009
Birmingham, Selly Oak
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 17 March 2009
Manchester, Gorton
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 24 March 2009
Hereford
Kramer, Susan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2009
Richmond Park
Laxton, Mr Bob
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Derby North
Lazarowicz, Mark
Labour
Signed on 18 March 2009
Edinburgh North and Leith
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2009
Brighton, Pavilion
Levitt, Tom
Labour
Signed on 26 March 2009
High Peak
Lloyd, Tony
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Manchester Central
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 10 March 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Mahmood, Mr Khalid
Labour
Signed on 10 March 2009
Birmingham, Perry Barr
Mann, John
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2009
Bassetlaw
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2009
Blackpool South
Mason, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 March 2009
Glasgow East
McCafferty, Chris
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Calder Valley
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 March 2009
South Antrim
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 11 March 2009
Belfast South
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 17 June 2009
Cleethorpes
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Mansfield
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 24 March 2009
Great Grimsby
Moffatt, Laura
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Crawley
Morgan, Julie
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2009
Cardiff North
Mulholland, Greg
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 11 March 2009
Leeds North West
O'Hara, Mr Edward
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Knowsley South
Oaten, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Winchester
Öpik, Lembit
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 March 2009
Montgomeryshire
Palmer, Dr Nick
Labour
Signed on 21 July 2009
Broxtowe
Prentice, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Pendle
Price, Adam
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 13 March 2009
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Reid, Mr Alan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 March 2009
Argyll and Bute
Riordan, Mrs Linda
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Halifax
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 26 February 2009
Moray
Robinson, Mr Geoffrey
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2009
Coventry North West
Robinson, Mrs Iris
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 16 March 2009
Strangford
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2009
North Cornwall
Rowen, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 9 March 2009
Rochdale
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 March 2009
Colchester
Sarwar, Mr Mohammad
Labour
Signed on 8 June 2009
Glasgow Central
Sheerman, Mr Barry
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Huddersfield
Sheridan, Jim
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Paisley and Renfrewshire North
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2009
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Bradford West
Slaughter, Andy
Labour
Signed on 12 March 2009
Ealing, Acton and Shepherd's Bush
Spink, Bob
Independent
Signed on 2 March 2009
Castle Point
Starkey, Dr Phyllis
Labour
Signed on 25 March 2009
Milton Keynes South West
Stewart, Ian
Labour
Signed on 27 March 2009
Eccles
Stoate, Dr Howard
Labour
Signed on 30 March 2009
Dartford
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 23 March 2009
Manchester, Blackley
Swinson, Jo
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 April 2009
East Dunbartonshire
Syms, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 20 April 2009
Poole
Taylor, David
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
North West Leicestershire
Taylor, Mr Ian
Conservative
Signed on 13 May 2009
Esher and Walton
Taylor, Matthew
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 20 April 2009
Truro and St Austell
Thornberry, Ms Emily
Labour
Signed on 20 April 2009
Islington South and Finsbury
Timpson, Edward
Conservative
Signed on 23 April 2009
Crewe and Nantwich
Touhig, Mr Don
Labour
Signed on 21 April 2009
Islwyn
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 2 March 2009
Pudsey
Turner, Dr Desmond
Labour
Signed on 31 March 2009
Brighton, Kemptown
Vaz, Keith
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2009
Leicester East
Vis, Dr Rudi
Labour
Signed on 3 March 2009
Finchley and Golders Green
Walter, Mr Robert
Conservative
Signed on 19 March 2009
North Dorset
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 2 March 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Webb, Prof Steve
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 18 March 2009
Northavon
Williams, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 March 2009
Ceredigion
Williams, Mr Roger
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 April 2009
Brecon and Radnorshire
Williams, Stephen
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 April 2009
Bristol West
Willis, Mr Phil
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 March 2009
Harrogate and Knaresborough
Winterton, Sir Nicholas
Conservative
Signed on 2 March 2009
Macclesfield
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 1 April 2009
Batley and Spen

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.