Virgin Trains has introduced that it’s going to cease promoting the Every day Mail newspaper on its West Coast trains.
A spokesperson for Virgin stated it repeatedly reviewed merchandise bought on its trains, including that “after listening to suggestions from our individuals” it determined to cease stocking copies of the paper.
A Every day Mail spokesman referred to as the choice “disgraceful”.
Final yr, stationery chain Paperchase apologised for a promotional giveaway in the Mail following criticism.
The Virgin spokesperson added that when it stocked the paper, it solely bought one copy for each 4 trains.
The spokesperson advised the BBC that the paper had by no means been stocked on its East Coast trains beneath the administration of Virgin/Stagecoach.
And Drew McMillan, head of colleague communication and engagement at Virgin, told the ASLEF union’s monthly magazine: “Hundreds of individuals select to learn the Every day Mail day by day. However they may not be studying it courtesy of VT.
“There’s been appreciable concern raised by colleagues concerning the Mail’s editorial place on points resembling immigration, LGBT rights and unemployment.
“We have determined that this paper just isn’t suitable with the VT model and our beliefs.”
The Day by day Mail spokesman hit again, saying that at a time when fares have been rising it was “disgraceful” that Virgin was saying that “for political causes it’s censoring the selection of newspapers it provides to passengers”.
He added: “It’s equally wealthy that Virgin selected to launch this assault on free speech within the ASLEF commerce union journal.
“For the document, Virgin used to promote solely 70 Day by day Mails a day. They knowledgeable us final November that to save lots of area, they have been proscribing gross sales to only three newspapers: the Mirror, FT and Occasions.
“They gave no different purpose, however it might be no coincidence that each one these titles, like Virgin proprietor Sir Richard Branson, are professional-Stay.”
Virgin West Coast runs trains between London, the Midlands, the north-west of England and Scotland.
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