The work of the Largs and Millport Weekly News has been highlighted at Holyrood as opposition parties united to call for more help for newspapers.

MSPs voted for the Scottish Government to extend business rates relief for newspapers for another year amid warnings the sector could face collapse due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

And West Scotland MSP Maurice Golden referenced the Largs and Millport Weekly News, pointing out it holds the record for having the longest serving editor.

He was referencing Drew Cochrane, the former editor who stood down in 2014 after 40 years at the helm.

Mr Golden, who is the party’s shadow economy secretary, said 3,000 jobs across Scotland depended on the newspaper industry, not to mention the vital role they play in upholding democracy.

During his speech, Mr Golden said: “Notable examples of journalism excellence include the Largs and Millport Weekly News, which holds the record for Britain’s longest-serving editor.”

And this week, Finance Secretary Kate Forbes MSP has announced in her Budget Statement that:“We will continue 100% non-domestic rates relief for newspaper publishing in 2021-22, with careful consideration of the NUJ’s conditions.”