"The issue of council newspapers is top of my in-tray at the moment. There has to be a balance and councils are overstepping that."
Andy Burnham, Culture Minister
THE BATTLE FOR DEMOCRACY
Salford Council's expansion of Life in Salford magazine, the closure of the Salford Advertiser office, the sacking of journalists at the Manchester Evening News group and the plight of the Salford Star is now at the very centre of national politics.
It involves Culture Minister, Andy Burnham, our very own `power to the people' Minister and MP, Hazel Blears, Leader of Salford Council, John Merry and everyone who lives and works in Salford.
So watch out – there's no democracy about!