Barbara has lead over 160 MPs in signing an Early Day Motion in Parliament backing the BBC’s move to Salford.
The move by the BBC to the MediaCity at Salford Quays has been backed by the AGMA (Association of Greater Manchester Authorities) Council leaders in Greater Manchester. Barbara Keeley has added her voice to the calls for the BBC to honour its commitment to Greater Manchester.
"I am pleased to be able back the Council leaders in Greater Manchester with this Early Day Motion. MPs from all parties and from all parts of the country –including many London MPs – have signed it.
"This EDM shows the commitment of these MPs to the BBC moving its operations to the North of England in the interests of the country.
"I think that the BBC will be missing a historic opportunity if they do not fulfil their promise to move to Salford. The Media City will be good for the North-West of England and good for the BBC."
Barbara has signed an EDM in Parliament that:
"Supports plans to create a world-class media city at Salford Quays; recognises that Media City will be hugely important to the North West and the wider North of England, creating up to 15,500 jobs and benefiting the economy of the whole country by £200 million per annum.
"Further recognises that Media City will nurture a vibrant independent sector of creative companies and attract global operators in the new media industries to the UK; believes that participation by the BBC in Media City will provide significant financial and creative benefits to the Corporation and deliver robust value for money.
"Further believes that the governors of the BBC must realise their stated objectives of a BBC connected to the nations and regions and the move of significant parts of the BBC production base out of London; and calls on the BBC to honour its commitment to the 14.4 million licence fee payers living in the North by confirming participation in Media City.”
Barbara with Felicity Goodey, Co-ordinator Media City:UK proposal