Mensch calls for more tax subsidies for local press

The Tory MP claims that local press "performs a unique function in our democracy".

New Statesman
Louise Mensch is MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire. Photo by Getty Images

 

Tory MP Louise Mensch has called for more subsidies and tax advantages for local newspapers as a means of preserving the UK’s “most popular print media”.

The comments were made ahead of a debate on the future of local newspapers at Westminster this afternoon organised by Mensch, the MP for Corby and East Northamptonshire and member of the Commons culture committee.

Mensch has been raising awareness of the local press since Johnston Press announced last week two daily newspapers in her constituency, the Northampton Chronicle and Echo and Northamptonshire Evening Telegraph, will become weeklies from next month.

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