Keep up the good work, says Prime Minister

23/10/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Conservative Glenrothes By-election campaign. Conservative leader David Cameron visits Glenrothes and Markinch with local Candidate  Maurice Golden. Cameron is seen here giving the thumbs up at the Rothes Hall in the Glenrothes Kingdom shopping centre. Pic Ian Rutherford
23/10/08, TSPL, Scotsman, Conservative Glenrothes By-election campaign. Conservative leader David Cameron visits Glenrothes and Markinch with local Candidate Maurice Golden. Cameron is seen here giving the thumbs up at the Rothes Hall in the Glenrothes Kingdom shopping centre. Pic Ian Rutherford

PAPERS like the Herald are playing a ‘vital’ role says Prime Minister David Cameron.

He has given his backing to Local Newspaper Week, which celebrates the strength of the UK’s local and regional press.

It is organised by the Newspaper Society and takes place this week (May 9-15).

This year Local Newspaper Week aims to highlight how the press act as champion of their communities, galvanising their readers into action, supporting local businesses and taking pride in their local area.

Mr Cameron said: “I am delighted to send my full support to Local Newspaper Week. For decades, local newspapers have faced fierce competition. First there was the radio, then television, now of course, the Internet.

“But despite all these challenges, they continue to play a vital role and that’s testament to the extraordinary creativity and versatility of all those people who work in local media.”

Mr Cameron said local newspapers were “hugely important” for two good reasons.

“First, they strengthen our democracy, holding the powerful to account,” he explained.

“Whereas national newspapers can focus on the bigger picture, it’s local papers that often really analyse the detail of what central and local government is doing and the impact their policies have on the ground. In the weeks and months ahead, I expect local papers to continue to scrutinise everything this Government does in their area and act as a voice for their readers.

“Second, local papers are hugely important in helping to build a bigger, stronger society.

“There is a massive gap between the state on the one hand, and the individual on the other, and local papers help fill the space in between, galvanising readers into action.

“That could be by campaigning on local issues, highlighting local clubs, groups, businesses and societies and encouraging people to get involved, or championing local people who are playing their part to make their community a better place.

“By shining a spotlight on this good work, local papers persuade others to do more - and I want to see more of it.”

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