I was delighted to take part in a hangout on digital inclusion for Labour Digital last night.  It gave me an opportunity to raise an angle rarely covered – the importance of online media to people’s participation in local democracy.  A good proportion of the people not online are older people with a background in manual trades.  I have a suspicion that this is a group that will also habitually buy the local paper. As local newspaper owners thin-out their journalists nationwide and move to an increasingly digital model the…

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