MP Bill backs lo­cal pa­pers

Ayrshire Post - - News - Stephen Hous­ton

Lo­cal news­pa­pers like the Ayr­shire Post are the blood that pul­sate through the veins of the com­mu­nity they serve.

And MP Bill Grant, has wel­comed the Labour U- turn on stran­gling the press with a new data clause forc­ing pub­lish­ers to pay for all le­gal costs in court dis­putes.

Bi l l s a i d : “L o c a l news­pa­pers are the lifeblood of com­mu­ni­ties. The amend­ment put for­ward by Labour was a se­ri­ous threat to their ex­is­tence, it was right they dropped this ridicu­lous amend­ment.

“There has al­ready been a down turn in ad­ver­tis­ing through lo­cal pa­pers and in­creased use of so­cial me­dia for news has pre­sented the in­dus­try with immense chal­lenges. We should be do­ing ev­ery­thing to sup­port lo­cal news­pa­pers in­stead of bur­den­ing them.”

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