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Julian Sturdy - Strong Voice for York Outer

Julian Sturdy

Member of Parliament for York Outer

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York Press column –  York’s path to normality and mental health investment

York Press column – York’s path to normality and mental health investment

While the toll of coronavirus remains very great, with the successful completion of the first phase of the vaccination programme, and the Monday 22nd unveiling of the government’s roadmap out of lockdown, we now seem to be at the turn of the tide. A new study from Imperial College London shows infections have fallen by

Lockdown Exit Roadmap

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Lockdown exit roadmap – Julian calls for faster relaxation if vaccination progress accelerates and earlier opening for safe indoor hospitality

I welcome the clarity the overall exit plan brings for York households and businesses,...

Statement ahead of Prime Minister’s COVID-19 Update

With the fantastic news that all adults should receive their first dose of a...

Julian presses Minster FM purchaser on future of York local radio

May 29, 2020

Julian has today written to Dee Ford, the Group Managing Director of Bauer Media’s radio division, to raise the concerns of residents across York regarding recently announced plans to absorb Minster FM into a new regional station called Greatest Hits Radio – North Yorkshire. 

While acknowledging the challenges faced by the competitive radio industry, Julian Sturdy has made it clear that decisions which affect such a valued local service cannot take place without public consultation. With much beloved disc jockeys and support staff at risk of losing their jobs, it is only more pressing to ensure that this sweeping decision has been carefully considered and its impact assessed. 

One of the main areas of concern for Julian is the loss of an independent, quality news source and a voice for our local communities. Julian believes that now, more than ever, accurate public service broadcasting is essential and local residents deserve the highest standards. He has asked Ms Ford to clarify a number of points, including whether there will be a dedicated local news bulletin, how frequent it will be and what area would it cover.

Furthermore, before any changes are made to Minster FM, Julian has asked Ms Dee to outline what individual assessment was made of Minster FM that led to this decision when some local radio stations are remaining, what factors will affect Bauer Music’s decision regarding the future of Minster FM’s studios in Dunnington, and whether local listeners can be consulted ahead of any changes being implemented. 

Julian is hopeful he can convey the strength of feeling among local residents for Minster FM and has offered support to any employees of the radio station who are affected by Bauer Media’s decision.