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CLOSURE OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 585: tabled on 01 December 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 49 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 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.

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.

Benton, Mr Joe
Labour
Signed on 23 January 2015
Bootle
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
Signed on 1 December 2014
Harrow East
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 7 January 2015
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2014
Blyth Valley
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2014
Gower
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2015
North Ayrshire and Arran
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 1 December 2014
Islington North
Cunningham, Sir Tony
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2014
Workington
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 December 2014
Belfast North
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 2 December 2014
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
Signed on 11 February 2015
Bradford West
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2014
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 15 December 2014
Birmingham, Hall Green
Greatrex, Tom
Labour
Signed on 4 March 2015
Rutherglen and Hamilton West
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 1 December 2014
Portsmouth South
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
Signed on 26 February 2015
Jarrow
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 12 March 2015
North Down
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2014
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2014
Luton North
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 December 2014
Cheadle
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 26 January 2015
Manchester, Gorton
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2014
Wansbeck
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 19 January 2015
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 8 December 2014
Brighton, Pavilion
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 5 December 2014
Dundee West
McInnes, Liz
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2014
Heywood and Middleton
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2014
Mansfield
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2015
Easington
Murphy, Paul
Labour
Signed on 10 December 2014
Torfaen
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 18 December 2014
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
Signed on 5 January 2015
Bolton South East
Reevell, Simon
Conservative
Signed on 13 January 2015
Dewsbury
Ruane, Chris
Labour
Signed on 8 December 2014
Vale of Clwyd
Russell, Sir Bob
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 1 December 2014
Colchester
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 4 December 2014
Torbay
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 2 December 2014
Strangford
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2014
Ealing, Southall
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 3 December 2014
Bolsover
Stringer, Graham
Labour
Signed on 2 December 2014
Blackley and Broughton
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 4 December 2014
Walsall South
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 December 2014
Angus
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 22 January 2015
Ceredigion
Wood, Mike
Labour
Signed on 20 March 2015
Batley and Spen

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.