Friday, 10 June 2011

MP backs Tindle journalists 'defence of quality'

Edmonton Labour MP Andy Love has put down an early day motion in the Commons backing the NUJ journalists at Sir Ray Tindle's North London and Herts Newspaper group who have taken strike action over low staffing.

It reads: "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."

Pic: Jon Slattery

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