Early day motion 1054

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LOCAL NEWSPAPER INDUSTRY

That this House recognises the contribution of local newspapers and local journalism to public debate; further recognises the often excellent standard of work by local journalists, particularly in the field of investigative journalism; notes the vital contribution of local journalism to local democracy, through holding local government and elected representatives to account; appreciates that many local newspapers are facing financial difficulties and budget constraints; further notes with regret the announcement that newspaper and magazine publisher Trinity Mirror plc has proposed a new round of editorial cost-cutting proposals to axe 92 jobs across regional titles including Coventry, Birmingham, Liverpool, Cardiff, Manchester and Newcastle and that the cuts proposed in Coventry are twice as severe as the national proposals; further notes that this is the third major jobs cull in five years to affect Trinity Mirror plc staff in Coventry and Birmingham; further notes the proposal by the Coventry Telegraph to remove a long-standing tradition of political journalism in Coventry by making the post of political correspondent redundant whilst Trinity Mirror titles in other major cities would retain their political specialists; further notes that Coventry's local feature writing will be replaced by features written in Liverpool and shared across Trinity Mirror's regional titles nationwide; fears that these proposals will overly stretch staff and that the quality of local journalism will suffer as a result; believes that local journalism should be protected and encouraged; and calls on the Government to demonstrate its support for local journalism.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Ainsworth, Bob Labour Party Coventry North East 11.02.2013
Caton, Martin Labour Party Gower 13.02.2013
Clarke, Tom Labour Party Coatbridge Chryston and Bellshill 13.02.2013
Corbyn, Jeremy Labour Party Islington North 11.02.2013
Crockart, Mike Liberal Democrats Edinburgh West 25.02.2013
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 07.02.2013
Cunningham, Tony Labour Party Workington 27.02.2013
Doran, Frank Labour Party Aberdeen North 25.02.2013
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 11.02.2013
Glindon, Mary Labour Party North Tyneside 13.02.2013
Hancock, Mike Liberal Democrats Portsmouth South 13.02.2013
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 11.02.2013
Leech, John Liberal Democrats Manchester Withington 12.02.2013
McDonnell, John Labour Party Hayes and Harlington 12.02.2013
McGovern, Jim Labour Party Dundee West 26.02.2013
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 11.02.2013
Osborne, Sandra Labour Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 13.02.2013
Riordan, Linda Labour Party Halifax 12.03.2013
Robinson, Geoffrey Labour Party Coventry North West 07.02.2013
Ruane, Chris Labour Party Vale of Clwyd 12.03.2013
Russell, Bob Liberal Democrats Colchester 07.02.2013
Sharma, Virendra Labour Party Ealing Southall 12.02.2013
Skinner, Dennis Labour Party Bolsover 13.02.2013
Stunell, Andrew Liberal Democrats Hazel Grove 13.03.2013
Vaz, Valerie Labour Party Walsall South 25.02.2013
Williams, Mark Liberal Democrats Ceredigion 25.02.2013
Williams, Roger Liberal Democrats Brecon and Radnorshire 27.02.2013
Woodward, Shaun Labour Party St Helens South and Whiston 25.02.2013