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Media plurality must be an issue on Labour manifesto

Mike Smith at the TUC's LGBT conference

Mike Smith at the TUC's LGBT conference  -  © NUJ

26 June 2014

Media plurality should be on the Labour Party manifesto for next year's UK election, former NUJ member and shadow minister for women and equalities Gloria de Piero was told at the TUC LGBT conference in London.

The call came from NEC member Mike Smith after he spoke briefly about links between Labour politicians and the Murdoch media empire in light of the week's phone hacking trial verdicts.

Mike Smith reminded delegates that an attempt had reportedly been made to try to exclude union members from the jury at the start of the long-running Old Bailey trial in what was also the first comment from the floor during the two-day event.

He also brought delegates' attention to the need for media plurality and the dangers of cosy relationships between politicians and media owners.

Later, Mike Smith went on to call on union members to call for a unionised banking sector after hearing from the union Accord the pressures faced by workers in the financial industries.

"We should be trying to help unions recruit in those workplaces rather than stigmatising those on low incomes working for appalling managers."

Adam Christie, NUJ joint president, added:

"We empathise entirely with those in financial services whose already highly-stressed workplaces are made worse by senior executives whose bonuses and pay-offs tar everyone totally unfairly with the same brush.
"We know that NUJ membership makes us stronger at work. I hope that those working in the financial sector can gain strength by winning more members and standing firm for their principles."

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