A veteran MP has accused a regional daily of becoming “a mere shadow of itself” amid planned redundancies by its owner Trinity Mirror.
Six redundancies are planned at the Coventry Telegraph as part of a wider restructure of parent company Trinity Mirror’s operations in the West Midlands which will also see 19 jobs go in Birmingham.
Geoffrey Robinson, who has represented Coventry North West in Parliament since 1976 , has written to Telegraph editor Keith Perry over the changes, saying the newspaper had “abandoned its responsibility” to scrutinise those in office.
Mr Robinson, pictured left, has also drafted an early day motion on the subject, and is understood to have demanded a meeting with Keith about the proposals along with the city’s other MPs, Jim Cunningham and Colleen Fletcher.
A total of 25 jobs are under threat at Trinity Mirror’s West Midlands centres, with every member of staff in Coventry and Birmingham offered voluntary redundancy.
Mr Robinson’s letter to Keith reads: “Redundancies are always a sad business and very sadly they seem to come in a never ending stream at the Coventry Telegraph.
“Your newspaper is a mere shadow of itself. After the present redundancies, your paper could be left with just four reporters and as few as 20 editorial staff in total.
“You will have hollowed out your capacity to play the important role of a free press in a modern democracy.
“Coventry is fast becoming a vibrant dynamic city again. What a pity that our newspaper has abandoned its responsibility to scrutinise and hold to account those of us in positions of responsibility.”
Mr Robinson’s EDM reads: “This House expresses deep concern at the announcement by Trinity Mirror that it intends cutting 25 Midlands jobs as part of a newsroom restructure; further expresses concern at the impact of such a development on local accountability and democracy; further notes the impact this will have on content with far fewer journalists; and urges Trinity Mirror urgently to hold talks with the National Union of Journalists.”
Trinity Mirror has declined to comment further on the issue.