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JOB LOSSES IN LOCAL NEWSPAPERS

EDM (Early Day Motion) 1017: tabled on 27 January 2016

Tabled in the 2015-16 session.

This motion has been signed by 60 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 is concerned by the announcement that Johnston Press, which publishes titles including the Yorkshire Post, Yorkshire Evening Post, Lancashire Evening Post, The Scotsman and Derry Journal, is to cull almost 100 editorial posts; notes that this announcement comes just days after Newsquest announced that up to 25 journalist posts are to be axed across its Scottish titles; further notes that year-on-year cuts in jobs and closure of newspaper titles have resulted in the loss of 5,000 editorial roles in local and regional press, and the closure of more than 150 newspapers since March 2011; believes that local and regional news coverage is an essential feature of civic life and a healthy democracy; and therefore calls for active government intervention to prevent the destruction of these vital community assets and to establish a short, sharp inquiry to produce a coherent strategy for defending 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.

Ahmed-Sheikh, Ms Tasmina
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Ochil and South Perthshire
Bellingham, Sir Henry
Conservative
Signed on 2 February 2016
North West Norfolk
Black, Mhairi
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Paisley and Renfrewshire South
Blackford, Ian
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Ross, Skye and Lochaber
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2016
Sheffield Central
Boswell, Philip
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Coatbridge, Chryston and Bellshill
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 27 January 2016
Worthing West
Brock, Deidre
Scottish National Party
Signed on 9 February 2016
Edinburgh North and Leith
Campbell, Mr Gregory
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 3 February 2016
East Londonderry
Campbell, Mr Ronnie
Labour
Signed on 29 January 2016
Blyth Valley
Chapman, Douglas
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Dunfermline and West Fife
Cox, Jo
Labour
Signed on 3 February 2016
Batley and Spen
Crawley, Angela
Scottish National Party
Signed on 11 May 2016
Lanark and Hamilton East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2016
Coventry South
Day, Martyn
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 11 February 2016
Belfast North
Donaldson, Mr Jeffrey M.
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 22 February 2016
Lagan Valley
Dugher, Michael
Labour
Signed on 23 February 2016
Barnsley East
Edwards, Jonathan
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 1 February 2016
Carmarthen East and Dinefwr
Fellows, Marion
Scottish National Party
Signed on 5 February 2016
Motherwell and Wishaw
Flynn, Paul
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2016
Newport West
Gethins, Stephen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
North East Fife
Gibson, Patricia
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
North Ayrshire and Arran
Gray, Neil
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Airdrie and Shotts
Kerevan, George
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
East Lothian
Law, Chris
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 February 2016
Dundee West
MacNeil, Angus Brendan
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Na h-Eileanan an Iar
McDonald, Stuart C.
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Cumbernauld, Kilsyth and Kirkintilloch East
McLaughlin, Anne
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Glasgow North East
McNally, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 February 2016
Falkirk
Meale, Sir Alan
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2016
Mansfield
Monaghan, Dr Paul
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Caithness, Sutherland and Easter Ross
Mullin, Roger
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 February 2016
Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath
Nicolson, John
Scottish National Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
East Dunbartonshire
Paterson, Steven
Scottish National Party
Signed on 8 February 2016
Stirling
Rimmer, Marie
Labour
Signed on 2 February 2016
St Helens South and Whiston
Ritchie, Ms Margaret
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 2 February 2016
South Down
Robertson, Angus
Scottish National Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
Moray
Robinson, Gavin
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 5 February 2016
Belfast East
Shannon, Jim
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 28 January 2016
Strangford
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2016
Ealing, Southall
Sheppard, Tommy
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Edinburgh East
Sherriff, Paula
Labour
Signed on 10 February 2016
Dewsbury
Streeting, Wes
Labour
Signed on 1 February 2016
Ilford North
Thewliss, Alison
Scottish National Party
Signed on 2 February 2016
Glasgow Central
Thompson, Owen
Scottish National Party
Signed on 10 February 2016
Midlothian
Thomson, Michelle
Independent
Signed on 1 February 2016
Edinburgh West
Vaz, Valerie
Labour
Signed on 22 February 2016
Walsall South
Weir, Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Angus
Whiteford, Dr Eilidh
Scottish National Party
Signed on 3 February 2016
Banff and Buchan
Whitford, Dr Philippa
Scottish National Party
Signed on 29 January 2016
Central Ayrshire
Williams, Mr Mark
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 3 February 2016
Ceredigion
Wilson, Sammy
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 4 February 2016
East Antrim
Wishart, Pete
Scottish National Party
Signed on 1 February 2016
Perth and North Perthshire

There are no withdrawn signatures for this motion.