House of Commons
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CLOSURE OF LOCAL NEWSPAPERS
EDM #585
Tabled 01 December 2014
2014-15 Session
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.

Signatures (49)

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
23 January 2015
Blackman, Bob
Conservative
01 December 2014
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
07 January 2015
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
03 December 2014
Caton, Martin
Labour
02 December 2014
Clark, Katy
Labour
05 January 2015
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
01 December 2014
Cunningham, Sir Tony
Labour
10 December 2014
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
03 December 2014
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
02 December 2014
Galloway, Mr George
Respect
11 February 2015
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
04 December 2014
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
15 December 2014
Greatrex, Tom
Labour
04 March 2015
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
01 December 2014
Hepburn, Mr Stephen
Labour
26 February 2015
Hermon, Lady
Independent
12 March 2015
Heyes, David
Labour
04 December 2014
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
03 December 2014
Hunter, Mark
Liberal Democrat
04 December 2014
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
26 January 2015
Lavery, Ian
Labour
04 December 2014
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
19 January 2015
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
08 December 2014
McGovern, Jim
Labour
05 December 2014
McInnes, Liz
Labour
02 December 2014
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
02 December 2014
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
05 January 2015
Murphy, Paul
Labour
10 December 2014
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
18 December 2014
Qureshi, Yasmin
Labour
05 January 2015
Reevell, Simon
Conservative
13 January 2015
Ruane, Chris
Labour
08 December 2014
Russell, Sir Bob
Liberal Democrat
01 December 2014
Sanders, Mr Adrian
Liberal Democrat
04 December 2014
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
02 December 2014
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
03 December 2014
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
03 December 2014
Stringer, Graham
Labour
02 December 2014
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
04 December 2014
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
03 December 2014
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
22 January 2015
Wood, Mike
Labour
20 March 2015
There are no withdrawn signatures for this Motion