THIS week the NUJ Parliamentary Group received a briefing on our situation and in response yesterday Edmonton MP Andy Love lodged an Early Daily Motion alerting the House of Commons to our plight and calling on Sir Ray Tindle to meet with the union to resolve the dispute.
Early day motion 1896: North London and Herts Newspaper Group
That this House applauds the stand taken by journalists at the North London and Herts newspaper group in defence of quality newspapers; notes that over the last two years more than half of the newsdesk have left the newspapers without new staff being appointed; further notes that there are now only two reporters covering nine newspapers; believes that journalists are therefore unable to cover important stories in depth, are unable to cover community or political events, council meetings and court cases; believes that this runs contrary to the Tindle Newspapers Ltd’s local newspaper philosophy; further notes that the group’s proprietor Sir Ray Tindle has a personal fortune of 149 million and that the parent company made 8.6 million profit two years ago; and calls on Sir Ray Tindle to meet with the National Union of Journalists in order to resolve this dispute and preserve quality newspapers for the local communities.
Primary sponsor: Andrew Love, Date tabled: 09.06.2011 http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1896
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