Early day motion 1109

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LOCAL NEWS MATTERS

That this House celebrates the importance of quality local and regional news and whether provided online, by photographers, newspapers or local broadcasters; believes that access to local and regional news is essential to the quality of life, informed citizenship, and promotion of a flourishing of democracy in all our communities; recognises the challenges posed to the sustainability of local news provision; notes that a study by Press Gazette shows that over 300 local newspaper titles have closed over the past decade, with other titles reducing the frequency of publication; further notes that thousands of editorial roles have been lost, together with widespread reduction to the staffing levels associated with front­line reporters based in the community, picture desk editors and photographers; regrets the impact of moving the production of local news out of localities they serve which effects the quality of news coverage; and supports the National Union of Journalists’ Local News Matters campaign, which urges Government devolved bodies and local authorities, to take active steps to support sustainable investment in professional local and regional news provision online, in newspapers and on radio and television.

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Name Party Constituency Date Signed
Bottomley, Peter Conservative Party Worthing West 23.03.2017
Campbell, Ronnie Labour Party Blyth Valley 29.03.2017
Cryer, John Labour Party Leyton and Wanstead 28.03.2017
Cunningham, Jim Labour Party Coventry South 27.03.2017
Durkan, Mark Social Democratic and Labour Party Foyle 27.03.2017
Edwards, Jonathan Plaid Cymru Carmarthen East and Dinefwr 28.03.2017
Ellman, Louise Labour Party Liverpool Riverside 20.04.2017
Flynn, Paul Labour Party Newport West 23.03.2017
Goodman, Helen Labour Party Bishop Auckland 23.03.2017
Hermon, Lady INDEPENDENT North Down 29.03.2017
Hopkins, Kelvin Labour Party Luton North 27.03.2017
Kinnock, Stephen Labour Party Aberavon 28.03.2017
Lewis, Clive Labour Party Norwich South 23.03.2017
Lucas, Caroline Green Party Brighton Pavilion 23.03.2017
Maskell, Rachael Labour Party York Central 23.03.2017
McCabe, Steve Labour Party Birmingham Selly Oak 18.04.2017
McDonald, Stewart Scottish National Party Glasgow South 24.03.2017
McDonnell, Alasdair Social Democratic and Labour Party Belfast South 28.03.2017
McGarry, Natalie INDEPENDENT Glasgow East 27.03.2017
McKinnell, Catherine Labour Party Newcastle upon Tyne North 18.04.2017
Meale, Alan Labour Party Mansfield 28.03.2017
Mearns, Ian Labour Party Gateshead 28.03.2017
Nicolson, John Scottish National Party East Dunbartonshire 23.03.2017
Olney, Sarah Liberal Democrats Richmond Park 27.03.2017
Ritchie, Margaret Social Democratic and Labour Party South Down 28.03.2017
Rotheram, Steve Labour Party Liverpool Walton 29.03.2017
Saville Roberts, Liz Plaid Cymru Dwyfor Meirionnydd 23.03.2017
Shannon, Jim Democratic Unionist Party Strangford 28.03.2017
Smeeth, Ruth Labour Party Stoke-on-Trent North 27.03.2017
Stephens, Christopher Scottish National Party Glasgow South West 29.03.2017
Stevens, Jo Labour Party Cardiff Central 23.03.2017
Streeting, Wes Labour Party Ilford North 27.03.2017
Thewliss, Alison Scottish National Party Glasgow Central 24.03.2017
Wilson, Corri Scottish National Party Ayr Carrick and Cumnock 23.03.2017