A bid by the Scottish Conservatives to provide support to Scotland’s local news providers won majority support in the Scottish Parliament yesterday (Wednesday May 20).

The party had put forward an amendment in Holyrood seeking increased assistance for one of the country’s most under-pressure industries.

Conservative Highlands and Islands MSP Donald Cameron said: “The news media in my region is providing an invaluable and irreplaceable service for our communities.

“The pandemic is serving to illustrate how important that service is, as we need trusted local news sources as never before.

“We simply must not lose our local newspapers which is why action to tide them over this crisis is so important, and why they should be given the same levels of support as other key sectors which are suffering.

“I very much hope the SNP Government will accept our amendment and get behind our local newspapers and news providers.”

The local press is estimated to have lost 75 per cent of advertising revenue and 25 per cent of circulation cash because of the pandemic.

The amendment was submitted to Stage Three of the Coronavirus (Scotland) Bill to add: "Class 17 News publishing – Use as premises for the production of newspapers, and related news platforms."