Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 12:33 pm on 21st July 2020.

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Photo of Rachel Hopkins Rachel Hopkins Labour, Luton South 12:33 pm, 21st July 2020

During the covid crisis, many people have relied on their local councils for information and support. Local news plays a vital role in both helping share that information and, rightly, holding local councils to account. The cuts of 450 jobs in regional news in England amount to a loss of one in six jobs. What consultation have the Government had with the BBC about the threat to the democratic process arising from these job losses?