PM backs SOS campaign

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Look who is backing our Visitor campaign to Support Our Shops.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has come on board to give high-profile support to our #SOSMorecambe cause.

Mr Cameron posed with a copy of The Visitor’s Support Our Shops launch edition alongside Morecambe MP David Morris and our editor Nicola Adam at 10 Downing Street.

Nicola was invited to the PM’s home as a guest at a reception for local media editors.

“Mr Cameron was extremely supportive of local shops and I’m delighted the campaign has been noted at the very highest level,” said Nicola.

David Morris said: “I am delighted the Prime Minister is backing regeneration in our area.

“For too many years Morecambe has been neglected but now everyone is pulling together to turn things around. “We all owe The Visitor a debt of gratitude for leading the charge.”

The Visitor’s #SOSMorecambe campaign, which began in September, shouts about the great small independent shops we have in our town.

We will continue to campaign for the Government and local authorities to help Morecambe shops during an era of decline for the high street.

At the reception, Mr Cameron also praised the role local newspapers play in the community, just days before the Leveson report into media standards.

Lord Justice Leveson’s inquiry into newspaper culture and ethics condemned the actions of those involved in the recent phone-hacking scandal and recommended a new independent press watchdog backed by law.

However it commended regional newspapers.

His report read: “Although accuracy and similar complaints are made against local newspapers, the criticisms of culture, practices and ethics that have been raised in this inquiry do not affect them: on the contrary, they have been much praised.

“It is clear to me local, high-quality and trusted newspapers are good for our communities, our identity and our democracy and play an important social role.”

The inquiry was ordered by the Government after it was revealed the News of the World had hacked the voicemail of murdered schoolgirl Milly Dowler.