Coventry MPs condemn job cuts
8 June 2015
Coventry MPs have written to the editor of the Coventry Telegraph to protest about the six redundancies on the paper, proposed by Trinity Mirror.
Last week, the publishing group announced it would be cutting 45 jobs: 19 in Birmingham, six in Coventry and 20 in Scotland.
The MPs, Geoffrey Robinson, Colleen Fletcher and Jim Cunningham, have requested a meeting with editor, Keith Perry.
The letter from Geoffrey Robinson, MP for Coventry North West, said:
"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.”
He has also drafted an early day motion urging Trinity Mirror to hold talks with the NUJ.