A CAMPAIGN highlighting the value of local newspapers is being backed by Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP

David Mundell MP points out the coronavirus pandemic has demonstrated the community-focused print media’s importance as a reliable source of fact-checked balanced news and information.

He is one of 40 MPs who have written to Health Secretary Matt Hancock and Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Minister Oliver Dowden urging them to provide further support through an increased share of public health communications spending.

Mr Mundell said: “A good local newspaper is a vital component for successful communities.

“It is important we support efforts to safeguard this key source of good local journalism.”


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