Regional publisher Northcliffe Media has confirmed it has exited a Press Association service designed to provide regional newspapers with coverage of Westminster.
As first revealed by HTFP earlier this month, PA is scrapping its Lobby Extra service which covers Parliament for ten regional daily and weekly titles.
It has now emerged that PA wielded the axe after two major regional publishers announced they were pulling out of the service.
Northcliffe Media has confirmed that its daily titles the Bristol Post and Western Daily Press have stopped their subscription to Lobby Extra, while it is understood that Trinity Mirror’s North West Daily Post and Liverpool Post are also due to pull out shortly.
The moves followed a number of other cancellations by titles that previously received the service, including The Argus, Brighton, the Oxford Mail, the Carlisle News and Star and the Swindon Advertiser.
However six daily titles representing four different regional publishing groups continue to receive the service.
Some of these titles are understood to be highly supportive of the Lobby Extra service and keen to keep it going in some form.
A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the decision to axe the service, claiming it would “serve to increase the perceived remoteness of this House from the constituents that it serves.”
It has so far been signed by 12 MPs including four from the Belfast Telegraph’s patch and three from the area covered by the Bradford T&A.
The Press Association previously issued a statement saying: “We have announced a consultation process in respect to our ‘Lobby extra’ service – which is a tailored service for specific newspapers.
“No decisions have been made and we have no further comment to add at this stage.”
A spokeswoman for Northcliffe Media said: “I can confirm that the subscription stopped as a cost saving measure.”
Trinity Mirror has so far declined to comment.