The NUJ's Parliamentary Group is to lead the political battle to save ITV local news following a briefing meeting this afternoon. John McDonnell, Secretary of the NUJ's cross-party Parliamentary Group, made the pledge when we met him at the House of Commons earlier today. John will work with other MPs to table Early Day Motions, seek an adjournment debate and meet with OFCOM and ITV in a bid to stop the damaging cuts which could lead to the loss of hundreds of jobs and the closure of local news services.
The group are also seeking an urgent meeting with Secretary of State James Purnell.
John and his colleagues have said they will help organise a lobby of Parliament and briefings of groups of MPs from each region to give the NUJ the opportunity to make our case for local news.