Joe Cullinane

Scottish Labour Councillor for Kilwinning

Anti ‘Poverty Porn’ campaign launched

poverty_porn.jpgJoe and local Councillor Jim Montgomerie have launched their campaign against Channel 5’s plans to film a ‘Poverty Porn’ programme in Stevenston.

Last month the Councillors sent a joint letter to Channel 5 warning them they wouldn’t be welcome to film such a programme in Stevenston. In their letter they pledged to launch a local campaign if TV bosses didn’t give them an unequivocal assurance that they wouldn’t come to Stevenston but having failed to respond in over a month the Councillors have now launched their campaign. 

The campaign asks local residents to back their opposition to Channel 5’s plans by signing a message to TV bosses. Campaign leaflets will be delivered throughout Stevenston and local people will also be able to sign the message online. 

Speaking about the launch Saltcoats and Stevenston Councillor Jim Montgomerie said, 

“We told Channel 5 that we would campaign against their plans if they didn’t give us assurances that they wouldn’t come. Having failed to deliver these assurances I am pleased to launch this campaign and I hope local people will support it.” 

Councillor Cullinane, Labour’s MSP candidate for Stevenston, added, 

“We can’t sit back and allow Stevenston to become the next victim of TV bosses obsession with divisive ‘Poverty Porn’ programmes. All we need to do is look at the impact shows like Benefits Street and The Scheme have had on their local communities and I am sure local people will want to support this campaign and stop it happening here.”


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