MP joins local press campaign
Central Suffolk and North Ipswich MP Dr Dan Poulter has joined a campaign to support local and independent media by calling for an increased share of public health communications spending.
The request is aimed at the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport.
A letter – backed by 40 other MPs, former cabinet ministers and shadow ministers – highlights the importance of local press in communicating trustworthy information and the financial strain faced by journalists in light of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
Dr Poulter said: “Our local press are some of the most trusted sources of news for our communities and we must support them in this challenging time.
“Newspapers such as the Diss Express play a vital role in reporting key messages, helping to communicate essential information and keeping local residents connected with what’s going on.
“They are vital to our efforts to respond and recover from the coronavirus, yet they are facing significant financial difficulties.
“This letter is about getting a fair share of government advertising spend for local and independent press, to reflect both their importance in our communities and their financial needs.
“It is essential to get valuable and timely information about coronavirus to people in the country and I hope that the Government will get behind this campaign, which is backed by MPs from all sides.”