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Over 200 jobs cut by publisher Northcliffe Media

In the first quarter of its financial year, the regional publisher cut over 200 jobs.

Regional newspaper publisher Northcliffe Media cut more than 200 jobs in the first quarter of its financial year, it was revealed today.

A management statement covering the three months to 2 January issued by DMGT today revealed that revenue for Northcliffe dropped six per cent to £59m in the period. Circulation revenue was down three per cent year on year and advertising revenue down six per cent.

It revealed that publishing costs had been cut by six per cent year on year and said that headcount at Northcliffe had been cut by 8 per cent in the three months to January. This equates to more than 200 jobs.

Recruitment advertising revenue was said to be down 26 per cent year on year, public notices revenue down 13 per cent and property advertising revenue up 1.5 per cent.

Digital advterising revenue was said to be 'marginally down' at Northcliffe - with a 21 per cent fall in recruitment advertising revenue offset by "strong growth" in property, motors and services revenue.

Visitor numbers to the network of regional newspaper websites were said to up 28 per cent year on year. And DMGT revealed that since December last year 83 new Local-people ultra-local community websites had been launched by Northcliffe.

Full story at the Press Gazette.

Dominic Ponsford is editor of Press Gazette

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Labour tensions boil over at fractious MPs' meeting

Corbyn supporters and critics clash over fiscal charter U-turn and new group Momentum. 

"A total fucking shambles". That was the verdict of the usually emollient Ben Bradshaw as he left tonight's Parliamentary Labour Party meeting. His words were echoed by MPs from all wings of the party. "I've never seen anything like it," one shadow minister told me. In commitee room 14 of the House of Commons, tensions within the party - over the U-turn on George Osborne's fiscal charter and new Corbynite group Momentum - erupted. 

After a short speech by Jeremy Corbyn, shadow chancellor John McDonnell sought to explain his decision to oppose Osborne's fiscal charter (having supported it just two weeks ago). He cited the change in global economic conditions and the refusal to allow Labour to table an amendment. McDonnell also vowed to assist colleagues in Scotland in challenging the SNP anti-austerity claims. But MPs were left unimpressed. "I don't think I've ever heard a weaker round of applause at the PLP than the one John McDonnell just got," one told me. MPs believe that McDonnell's U-turn was due to his failure to realise that the fiscal charter mandated an absolute budget surplus (leaving no room to borrow to invest), rather than merely a current budget surplus. "A huge joke" was how a furious John Mann described it. He and others were outraged by the lack of consultation over the move. "At 1:45pm he [McDonnell] said he was considering our position and would consult with the PLP and the shadow cabinet," one MP told me. "Then he announces it before 6pm PLP and tomorow's shadow cabinet." 

When former shadow cabinet minister Mary Creagh asked Corbyn about the new group Momentum, which some fear could be used as a vehicle to deselect critical MPs (receiving what was described as a weak response), Richard Burgon, one of the body's directors, offered a lengthy defence and was, one MP said, "just humiliated". He added: "It looked at one point like they weren't even going to let him finish. As the fractious exchanges were overheard by journalists outside, Emily Thornberry appealed to colleagues to stop texting hacks and keep their voices down (within earshot of all). 

After a calmer conference than most expected, tonight's meeting was evidence of how great the tensions within Labour remain. Veteran MPs described it as the worst PLP gathering for 30 years. The fear for all MPs is that they have the potential to get even worse. 

George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman.