Extent of Labour Shadow Ministerial meetings with media revealed


The Labour party has publicised details of media meetings held by its Shadow cabinet team from December 2011 to June this year.
The details, published on the official party website, reveal that leader Ed Miliband met proprietors, editors or executives on a total of 19 occasions in the first six months of 2012.

Deputy leader Harriet Harman racked up an incredible 32 similar meetings over the same period.

The list of contacts also reveal extensive meetings held between Scottish MPs and senior figures from the Scottish and UK media, including the BBC.

Shadow Defence Minister, Jim Murphy met with the editor of the Daily Record and Sunday Mail twice between March 2012 and May 2012.  In June 2012 he met the editors of the Herald and the Evening Times once each.

According to the publication, since February 2012, Scottish Shadow Secretary of State Margaret Curran held meetings with editors at the Scotsman, Herald, Evening Times as well as Scottish editor of the Telegraph, Alan Cochrane.

Ms Curran has also held meetings with senior executives at the BBC and STV.  BBC Scotland head of news and current affairs John Boothman met with Ms Curran twice, once on his own in London in February 2012 and again in London in April, this time accompanied by Director General Mark Thompson.

London meetings were also held with STV’s Alan Clements who is the head of news and Rob Woodward, the Chief Executive.

By contrast, Owen Smith MP, Labour’s Shadow Welsh Secretary had no media meetings at all and Vernon Coaker MP, Shadow Northern Ireland Secretary attended a dinner with representatives from the Irish News and the Irish Times that included figures from business, arts and the voluntary sector.