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LOCAL NEWSPAPERS AND JOURNALISM

EDM (Early Day Motion) 35: tabled on 18 November 2009

Tabled in the 2009-10 session.

This motion has been signed by 64 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 congratulates local, paid-for daily and free weekly papers on the service they provide for communities, particularly in keeping people informed about news, services and events in their area, campaigning on important local issues, helping to maintain a vibrant local economy, holding elected representatives to account, strengthening democracy and thereby helping to deliver social and economic cohesion for communities; regretfully 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 businesses; further notes that coverage of court trials, council meetings and local elections is in massive decline;and calls on the Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport to meet representatives of the industry to discuss how local papers can continue to deliver a much cherished and needed service and explore innovative solutions to preserve local journalism for the future.

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 8 February 2010
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Janet
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2009
Rossendale and Darwen
Breed, Mr Colin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 2009
South East Cornwall
Burt, Lorely
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 2 December 2009
Solihull
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 8 December 2009
East Londonderry
Caton, Mr Martin
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2009
Gower
Cawsey, Mr Ian
Labour
Signed on 8 December 2009
Brigg and Goole
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 14 December 2009
Bolton North East
Cryer, Mrs Ann
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Keighley
Davies, Dai
Independent
Signed on 25 November 2009
Blaenau Gwent
Dean, Mrs Janet
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Burton
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 November 2009
Belfast North
Drew, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Stroud
Durkan, Mark
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 24 November 2009
Foyle
Etherington, Bill
Labour
Signed on 30 November 2009
Sunderland North
Fabricant, Michael
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2010
Lichfield
Gillan, Mrs Cheryl
Conservative
Signed on 9 February 2010
Chesham and Amersham
Harris, Dr Evan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 16 December 2009
Oxford West and Abingdon
Heald, Mr Oliver
Conservative
Signed on 1 February 2010
North East Hertfordshire
Hermon, Lady Sylvia
Ulster Unionist Party
Signed on 1 December 2009
North Down
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Ashton-under-Lyne
Holmes, Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 23 November 2009
Chesterfield
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2010
Luton North
Horwood, Mr Martin
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 January 2010
Cheltenham
Howells, Dr Kim
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Pontypridd
Hoyle, Mr Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 23 November 2009
Chorley
Humble, Mrs Joan
Labour
Signed on 25 November 2009
Blackpool North and Fleetwood
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 November 2009
Cheadle
Jenkins, Mr Brian
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2009
Tamworth
Jones, Mr David
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2010
Clwyd West
Keetch, Mr Paul
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 30 November 2009
Hereford
Leech, Mr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 November 2009
Manchester, Withington
Lepper, David
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2009
Brighton, Pavilion
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 26 November 2009
Meirionnydd Nant Conwy
Main, Anne
Conservative
Signed on 30 November 2009
St Albans
McCrea, Rev Dr William
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 25 November 2009
South Antrim
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2009
Hayes and Harlington
McIsaac, Shona
Labour
Signed on 20 January 2010
Cleethorpes
Meale, Mr Alan
Labour
Signed on 24 November 2009
Mansfield
Mitchell, Mr Austin
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2009
Great Grimsby
Mundell, David
Conservative
Signed on 26 January 2010
Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale
Neill, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 6 April 2010
Bromley and Chislehurst
O'Brien, Mr Stephen
Conservative
Signed on 17 March 2010
Eddisbury
Owen, Albert
Labour
Signed on 26 November 2009
Ynys Môn
Pelling, Mr Andrew
Independent
Signed on 10 December 2009
Croydon Central
Penning, Mike
Conservative
Signed on 26 November 2009
Hemel Hempstead
Pugh, Dr John
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 November 2009
Southport
Reed, Mr Andy
Labour
Signed on 7 January 2010
Loughborough
Rogerson, Dan
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 10 December 2009
North Cornwall
Russell, Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 19 November 2009
Colchester
Simpson, Alan
Labour
Signed on 19 November 2009
Nottingham South
Singh, Mr Marsha
Labour
Signed on 7 December 2009
Bradford West
Swire, Mr Hugo
Conservative
Signed on 22 February 2010
East Devon
Truswell, Mr Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 December 2009
Pudsey
Wareing, Mr Robert N.
Independent
Signed on 23 November 2009
Liverpool, West Derby
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 November 2009
Caernarfon
Younger-Ross, Richard
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 26 November 2009
Teignbridge

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.