MPs rally to challenge Johnston Press stance

MEMBERS of Parliament used their “constituency Fridays” to add their voices to those calling on Johnston Press managers in Leeds to acknowledge the damage their stance is doing to the city’s cultural and political life.

Among those visiting the picket line outside the Yorkshire Post Newspapers building on Wellington Street were environment secretary and Leeds central MP Hilary Benn, Colin Burgon MP from Elmet, Colin Challen from Morley and Rothwell and Fabian Hamilton from Leeds North East.

Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton addresses striking journalists in Leeds.

Leeds North East MP Fabian Hamilton addresses striking journalists in Leeds.

NUJ Parliamentary group secretary John McConnell sent a message saying: “I stand in solidarity with the strike actions today – which are more than individual industrial disputes, but part of a national struggle to defend the very future of the profession – standing up for journalists and standing up for journalism.”MPS

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