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."
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