MPs bid to bring Channel 4 to Stoke-on-Trent

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Two Staffordshire MPs are campaigning for Channel 4 to move their headquarters to Stoke-on-Trent.

The Government wants to put pressure on the Secretary of State to show there is life outside of London.

Stoke-on-Trent MPs Ruth Smeeth and Gareth Snell have written a letter to the culture secretary demanding the move to North Staffordshire.

Mrs Smeeth told Staffslive: “Stoke-on-Trent is an ideal place.

“We are one of the most creative cities in the country.

“Especially with the work being done with the City of Culture bid.”

She said Channel 4 needs to realise it is a national broadcaster and should be representing the regions and all cities.

Channel 4 has around 800 employees and Mrs Smeeth says it is “feasible” for employers to relocate.

“We have a huge amount to offer in terms of our location.

“It’s perfect for the transport links and the infrastructure.”

Stoke-on-Trent is in competition with Birmingham, Sheffield and Liverpool over the campaign.

According to the MP, if Channel 4 moved to Stoke-on-Trent there will be an additional investment of up to £15 million or more a year.

And she believes the Channel 4 move will bring more job opportunities to students.

“It won’t just be the headquarters that move, it will be the supporting jobs around it.”

The response from the public has been “overwhelmingly positive”, she added.

“People want a future for our city.

“They want to be recognised for how creative we are.

“The talent is already in Stoke-on-Trent so let the rest of the world see it.”

(Pic: Ruth Smeeth – by Chris McAndrew under creative commons licence)

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