As staff walked out on strike today, they received fantatic local cross-party political support:
Rory Stewart MP (Con): "Strong, vigorous local newspapers are a vital part of local democracy. Journalism is extraordinarily important. We will only keep it alive if we reward journalists properly."
Tim Farron MP (LD): "Our local reporters here in Cumbria aren't just writing about our communities, they are part of those communities - they are the glue that keeps our community together."
Cumbria County Council leader, Cllr Stewart Young (Lab): "Skilled and experienced local journalists are a key part of our democratic structures. They disseminate information to the public, organise campaigns, and in the finest examples of work they hold organisations like ours up to public scrutiny. That is why I support this industrial action."
Helen Davison, Carlisle Green Party chair: "Totally support the strike today. What Newsquest is doing is just wrong. They just not listening."