MP praises newspaper’s role in community life

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CORBY and East Northamptonshire MP Louise Mensch has praised the Evening Telegraph for being the community’s voice.

She was speaking after the announcement that next month the daily newspaper will become a weekly.

Johnston Press, the newspaper’s publisher, will invest in digital and online publishing with a bumper edition of a newly designed paper once a week and a new iPad app, as well as

Mrs Mensch said: “The Evening Telegraph has stood up for and championed Corby and been a voice for the community. It has given a voice to people’s pride in their hometown, when it has been attacked by the national press. It has played an important role in the reporting of the MPs’ expenses story, the cost of the Cube, at local and general elections and all the major stories of the day which affect the town. It has also played an important role in holding myself and other politicians to account.”

Mrs Mensch has called for a debate in Parliament on the future of local newspapers and said, if it is granted, she expects huge interest from fellow MPs.

She said: “I very much look forward to the bumper weekly edition of the newspaper and urge everyone to go out and buy it.”