Jardine calls for staff safeguards in potential Johnston Press sale

Edinburgh West MP Christine Jardine has today called for protecting jobs to be the first priority in the recently announced sale of Johnston Press, owners of the Scotsman and Edinburgh Evening News.

Bosses at the company have launched a formal sale process with the aim of securing a positive future for the newspaper group in the face of decline in the industry. 

Ms Jardine, herself a weekly unpaid columnist at the Scotsman, and Lib Dem spokesperson on media in the House of Commons, said:

“As a regular contributor to one of Scotland’s best loved newspapers, it brings me great sadness that the future of such a great title is once again the subject of uncertainty.

"This announcement will bring huge concern to my constituents who work for Johnston Press, as well as their colleagues across the country.

“But I am reassured by the current Chief Executive’s commitment that their priority will be to protect jobs and newspaper titles.

"I understand that this is an effort from the company to protect their future, but it is crucial that the interests of staff remain paramount.”

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