On 31 March 2020 Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport urging greater support for local newspapers and independent media outlets. The Government response outlined a programme to take out adverts in local papers as part of their Covid-19 public awareness campaign in a bid to offer financial support.

 

After writing to the Secretary of State recently to support the Barking and Dagenham Post and Romford Recorder Jon Cruddas MP has now joined a wider campaign, asking that government support local and independent media through an increased share of public health communications spending. 

The letter has been backed by 40 other MPs from across Parliament, including former Cabinet ministers and shadow ministers, and highlights the importance of local press in communicating trustworthy information and the financial strain faced by local journalists in light of the coronavirus.

 

On 31st March Jon Cruddas MP contacted the Secretary of State for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport regarding the support structures for local news outlets during the Covid-19 crisis.

Jon said: “at this time, how we receive news and information is incredibly important. When I contacted the Secretary of State there was very little infrastructure in place to support freelance journalists or small news outlets.”

This week Jon Cruddas MP for Dagenham and Rainham, incorporating South Hornchurch and Elm Park spoke in Parliament regarding the long standing and ongoing issues at Orchard Village, formerly the Mardyke Estate in South Hornchurch. The debate can be watched via parliament tv by following the link below.

http://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/c229fd92-c029-49de-b7e0-a16d74252123?in=17:00:08

Jon's monthly Romford Recorder article was also based around this issue. See below.