Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has expressed disappointment after the broadcaster Channel 4 rejected a bid from Wolverhampton to be the home of one of two new creative hubs. A local bid for Channel 4 to establish a base in Wolverhampton was spearheaded by Wolverhampton South West MP Eleanor Smith, with the strong support of Emma and Pat McFadden, MP for Wolverhampton South East, as well as the City Council and local businesses.

Emma said: “It is very disappointing that Wolverhampton was not shortlisted as one of the candidate cities for the proposed new hub. I think that Wolverhampton put forward a very strong bid.

“Although Wolverhampton does not currently have a digital production sector, we boast a great location with good connectivity to the rest of the UK. We have a talented, young and diverse population. I fully supported the bid spearheaded by my colleague Eleanor Smith MP and Wolverhampton City Council. I am deeply disappointed and believe that Channel 4 has made the wrong decision.”

June 2018