Kirklees MPs join forces in plea to Channel 4 ahead of deadline for National HQ submissions

All four Kirklees MPs have joined forces to highlight the ‘talent, innovation and creativity’ in the district in an impassioned letter to Channel 4 as the broadcaster considers where to locate its new national HQ.

The Leeds City Region, which includes Kirklees, is submitting a written bid to bring the Channel 4 headquarters to the area in a restructure that will see a total of 300 of the broadcaster’s 800 staff moved away from London.

As well as a National HQ, the broadcaster will also be setting up two smaller creative hubs outside London – and any area which is not successful in their bid for the former will be automatically considered for the latter.

Batley and Spen MP Tracy Brabin, Colne Valley MP Thelma Walker, Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff and Huddersfield MP Barry Sheerman have co-signed a letter to the Chief Executive of Channel 4 to ensure the broadcaster considers the numerous benefits Kirklees has to offer when scrutinising the Leeds City Region bid.

C4 final letter

Ms Brabin said: “Batley and Spen and Kirklees as a whole has so much to offer and we want to make sure that Channel 4 do not forget this when considering the Leeds City Region submission.

“This is about making sure the broadcaster looks beyond the big cities when choosing where to relocate – the towns and villages have just as much to offer and arguably more to gain.

“We have the creativity, expertise, drive, passion and wonderful locations right in here in Kirklees that can rival anywhere in the nation – so come and see it for yourselves, I’d be more than happy to show you around.”

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