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MP tables Commons motion backing Tindle staff

Staff at Tindle Newspapers in North London who have been campaigning over staffing levels have received the backing of their local MP.

Edmonton Labour MP Andy Love tabled early day motion in the Commons backing the National Union of Journalists members at Sir Ray Tindle’s North London and Herts Newspaper group, who have previously taken strike action over low staffing.

It reads: “That this House applauds the stand taken by journalists at the North London and Herts newspaper group in defence of quality newspapers; notes that over the last two years more than half of the newsdesk have left the newspapers without new staff being appointed; further notes that there are now only two reporters covering nine newspapers; (and) believes that journalists are therefore unable to cover important stories in depth, are unable to cover community or political events, council meetings and court cases.”