Tuesday, 13 November 2012
MPs call on PA not to axe regional lobby service
MPs have put down an Early Day Motion urging the Press Association not to end its regional lobby press service, which would cost four journalists' jobs.
The MPs claim the move would "serve to increase the perceived remoteness of this House from the constituents that it serves".
The EDM states: "That this House deeply regrets the Press Association's proposal to close its dedicated regional lobby press team and make four journalists redundant; believes that this organisation has provided an important service to all parts of the UK since its inception in 1863 under the name Central Press and to newspapers including the Western Daily Press, Liverpool Post, Belfast Telegraph, Bradford Telegraph and Argus, Northern Echo and Bristol Post; and further believes that the withdrawal of this vital connection between hon. Members and their local press will only serve to increase the perceived remoteness of this House from the constituents that it serves and the gulf between the Westminster village and other parts of the country."