Dudley MP Ian Austin has stepped up his campaign to keep the Black Country Bugle in Dudley by tabling a motion in Parliament and meeting with the paper’s staff.
Austin will be meeting Black Country Bugle staff to discuss their concerns at 12pm on Friday 20th May at their office in Dudley Archives, Tipton Road, Dudley DY1 4SQ.
The Early Day Motion tabled by the MP sets out local opposition to the move and calls for the paper’s owner Trinity Mirror to put its plans on pause to consult on alternatives that would save jobs and keep the paper in Dudley. Black Country MPs Adrian Bailey, Emma Reynolds, John Spellar, Valerie Vaz and David Winnick have already added their names.
The Bugle’s parent company Trinity Mirror have announced the move alongside plans to cut the number of reporters at the paper and leave it without an editor. The company is currently consulting with staff over the plans.
The Bugle is well-known throughout the region and has been in operation for 45 years, and currently operates from Dudley Archives.
Austin is calling on Trinity Mirror to put its plans on hold so that alternative plans to keep the paper running at its current location can be considered.
Ian Austin said:
“MPs from across the region are supporting my campaign to keep the Bugle in Dudley, and I’m looking forward to meeting the paper’s staff to find out what else I can do to help.
“The Bugle is a much loved local institution that I’ve been reading for over 30 years.
“It reaches a million people and does a brilliant job highlighting all that’s great about the Black Country and our history I triggering the industrial revolution and changing the whole of the world.
“It’s the Black Country Bugle for God’s sake. How could it be produced thirty-odd miles away in Tamworth. It is a ridiculous idea and I am sure local MPs will want to fight it all the way.
“I want Trinity Mirror to put its plans on pause so we can look at alternative plans to save jobs and keep the paper in the heart of the Black Country where it belongs.”
EARLY DAY MOTION 7 - RELOCATION OF THE BLACK COUNTRY BUGLE
That this House opposes the decision to move the offices of the Black Country Bugle newspaper from Dudley to Tamworth; recognises the Bugle’s popularity with the million people it reaches across the Black Country; celebrates the contribution the Bugle makes in highlighting the best of the Black Country and the region’s history as the birthplace of the industrial revolution; and urges Trinity Mirror to pause its plans to consult on saving jobs and keeping the paper in the heart of the Black Country.