Ipswich: Premier Cameron’s praise for campaigning Star
PRIME Minister David Cameron had praise for the campaigning role of the Star and other regional newspapers during a Downing Street reception.
Mr Cameron told Star editor Nigel Pickover he was delighted to hear that the Beacon Town, I Love Ipswich campaign was continuing – and that developments in Ipswich were continuing.
He saw for himself what was happening in the town during a visit to the Star’s offices last year.
And at the reception for regional newspaper editors and political writers, Mr Cameron praised Ipswich Conservative MP Ben Gummer as a real “livewire” who regularly banged the drum for the town.
Mr Cameron said regional and local newspapers had a vital role across the country – they were particularly valuable when campaigning and giving the areas they serve a voice.
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And while Lord Leveson’s inquiry was shining a light on some aspects of national journalism, regional and local newspapers and broadcasters remained widely respected.
His message was clear: “Keep harrying us and questioning us – it is an important part of your job. The nation needs a thriving local press.”
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Mr Cameron was talking to journalists and editors from across the country who had gathered in the Rose Garden at Downing Street – where the famous press conference with himself and Nick Clegg had sealed the coalition agreement two years ago.
He added that local and regional newspapers had been crucial in helping to encourage the creation of jobs in communities across the country.