Mary Kelly Foy tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament to congratulate Palatinate on their successes at the Student Publication Awards 2021.
The student publication in Durham was recognised, among other awards, as the Best Student Publication in the UK and Ireland, highlighting the outstanding level of student journalism in City of Durham.
The EDM was signed by Mary and six other MPs from across the political spectrum. Other signatories include Labour MPs Kevan Jones, Grahame Morris and Kate Osborne, Conservative MPs Sir Graham Brady and Sir Edward Leigh, and DUP MP Jim Shannon.
Full text of the EDM:
That this House congratulates Palatinate on being named the Student Publication Association’s Best Publication for 2021; commends Toby Donegan-Cross, Will Hutchings, and Poppy-Lulu Roberts for winning Best News Story; further commends Toby Donegan-Cross on being named Best Reporter; notes that Palatinate was highly commended for Best Sports Coverage and for Best Science Publication or Section, and that Imogen Usherwood and Tash Mosheim were highly commended for the Billy Dowling Reid award for outstanding commitment; further notes that Palatinate and its journalists were nominated for 13 awards in total; recognises that this was achieved despite Palatinate having to self-fund and work remotely; and hopes that Palatinate continues to provide a high standard of journalism and a pathway for a career in the media for students at Durham University.
Mary tweeted: “I’m always happy to shout about Durham’s achievements, so I’ve tabled a motion to celebrate Palatinate‘s success in this year’s SPA awards. Palatinate is a fantastic publication and I’m so proud of all its team have achieved this year.”