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BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« on: March 18, 2011, 01:56:38 PM »
http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2010-11/1593

So far it seems there are less than 30 MP signatories for this motion tabled by Therese Coffey.  There are over 600 MPs, have you written to yours to ask for their support?  If you have yet to and wish to do so, the easiest way is to follow the link below; enter your postcode, select the name of you MP and fill in the form with your name, address and email address and a few words of your own to ask for their support.  Then click the ?Preview Message? button, if you are happy with it you can then hit the Send button or edit your message until you are happy with it.

http://www.writetothem.com/

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #1 on: March 18, 2011, 03:12:59 PM »
Dear Darcy,

I have just done this and it is straightforward.


So can confirm that MP Damien Hinds has been contacted.



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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #2 on: March 18, 2011, 04:10:12 PM »
Thanks for this Darcy, am just going to see if I can manage it now.


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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2011, 04:26:25 PM »
Correspondence just sent to Mr. John Denham.  It was easy to fill in.

I will pass on this link to different places now.

Thanks again Darcy.

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2011, 05:38:56 PM »
I have written to Andrew Tyrie, the MP for Chichester, asking for his opposition to the cuts to BBC local radio, explaining how valuable I believe it to be. I particulary mentioned BBC Sussex.

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2011, 11:12:20 PM »
I notice that still only 27 MPs have signed....

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #6 on: March 21, 2011, 09:51:30 PM »
As some or many of you will know, we need at least around a 100 MP's to sign the EDM 1593 about local radio, before they start talking about it in parliament's tea rooms. 

I see it is being signed by MP's from all parties, so that is a good sign.

all hopeful
Susie

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #7 on: March 21, 2011, 10:14:29 PM »
I am really sorry to report that Damian Hinds MP for East Hampshire has decided not to sign the EDM.

He says that "this is an operating decision for the BBC"

Lets hope he will not need a local voice ..or indeed any of the people he represents?

Anyway , that is the result from the Hampshire East constituency.


Lets hope that is not representative!

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #8 on: March 23, 2011, 04:19:00 PM »
I have had another email from Damian Hinds and he says this.

"My decision not to sign EDMs is not specific to the issue of BBC local radio.  It is to do with the way EDMs work (or rather generally don't).  My point is that generally there are more effective ways of making constituents' views known.  Generally speaking, if I am asked to sign an EDM, I instead write directly to the Minister to put the points that my constituent wants to make (and indeed then it may be tailored to their circumstances or to the particular issues in East Hampshire) and I find this is one of the better ways of influencing Government.

With the point you raise about BBC local radio, because my understanding is that it is a decision of the BBC rather than government, I did not suggest writing to the Minister but I will make him aware of your views if that is what you would like.  However, as I say, my understanding is that this decision is the BBC's, and of course the Corporation does rightly have operational independence from government"


I will post my reply..here later. Has anyone had anything similar?

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #9 on: March 30, 2011, 06:43:51 PM »
Therese Coffey has secured a debate on BBC Local Radio next Tuesday between 9.30 and 11 in Westminster Hall , the EDM is still 43 short of 100...

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2011, 08:39:04 AM »
That is great news.


Notice that David Blunkett has now signed the EDM.

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2011, 06:52:55 PM »
Also many others..

Absent from the list is Luciana Berger MP  and Angela Smith MP .both spoke out and Ms Berger has gone further on her website..however she has not signed the EDM..and one has to wonder whether she is purely using the issue in a political way..and for promotion..anyone who is served by her please ask her to sign the EDM. BBC local radio must not be used as a political badge or football. The same applies to Angela Smith.

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Re: BBC Local Radio Parliamentary Early Day Motion
« Reply #12 on: April 05, 2011, 07:49:19 PM »
Well I finally received a reply from mine.  Is there the faintest hint of an agenda here?

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Many thanks for your recent email to Grant, he has asked me to respond
on his behalf.

I want to assure you that Grant understands your concerns about the
future of local radio services. Local radio, like local television,
plays an important role in informing communities and contributing to
societal cohesion. In the Programme for Government, the intention to
promote a strong and secure local media industry was outlined and the
Government has secured ?450,000 a year to support community radio. A
regulatory regime for community radio and the future of local stations
shall be considered in detail in the forthcoming communications
review.

The Government has received no formal information from the BBC, which
is independent of Government, about plans to merge radio stations or
make significant changes to output. Neither is the Government looking
to seek assurances on speculation about plans for local radio
services.

As a Minister, I'm afraid Grant is unable to sign EDMs, but I can
assure you he will continue to monitor the situation closely.

Thank you again for taking the time to contact Grant,



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