Leaflet criticises local newspapers

THE press in North Somerset has come under fire in a Conservative call for election support. In a Tory leaflet posted through

THE press in North Somerset has come under fire in a Conservative call for election support.In a Tory leaflet posted through letterboxes last week the party's Weston branch chairman Pauline Priestman accuses local newspapers of not providing 'fair coverage' or a 'balance of views' and not representing 'the hard work councillors do'.But other political parties in the district think the Conservative rant is 'twaddle'.Labour councillor Ian Parker, who sits on both North Somerset and Weston Town Council said: "I'm entirely satisfied by the coverage given by the local press. Both newspapers report activities I'm doing and quote us fairly. I give them all due credit and have no complaints."Liberal Democrat councillor Mike Bell, who also sits on North Somerset and Weston Town Council said: "Sounds like absolute twaddle. Nobody in politics ever thinks they get fair coverage. All parties think newspapers are biased towards the other party."The bottom line is if it's newsworthy the papers print it. Maybe the Tories just aren't saying things worth quoting."Weston & Somerset Mercury editor Judi Kisiel said: "We have been accused by all political parties of being biased on numerous occasions, even when there isn't an election looming, so I guess we must be doing something right.


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