Virgin Trains announced it will stop selling the Daily Mail and distributing it in the first-class because of the paper’s belief due to concerns over its stance on immigration, gay rights and unemployment.
The right-wing newspaper hit back on the train service describing the move ‘disgraceful’ as it was controlling the choice of newspapers and only distributing anti-Brexit publications.
Virgin Trains operates the west-coast main line which includes trains from London to Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool and Scotland.
A spokesman for the Daily Mail said: “It is disgraceful that, at a time of massive customer dissatisfaction over ever-increasing rail fares, and after the taxpayer was forced to bail out Virgin’s East Coast mainline franchise, a decision strongly criticised by the Mail, that Virgin Trains should now announce that for political reasons it is censoring the choice of newspapers it offers to passengers. It is equally rich that Virgin chose to launch this attack on free speech in the Aslef trade union journal.”
In an internal memo, the Richard Branson owned company notified staff that ‘considerable concerns’ were raised by colleagues on the Mail’s editorial position.
Branson criticised the vote to leave EU and President Donald Trump’s decision on the Muslim travel ban and his company concluded their views were “not at all compatible” with its brand or beliefs.
The Stop Funding Hate campaign group had lobbied large companies to stop advertising in newspapers whose editorial line it disagrees with.
Paperchase, the stationery company was criticised after it apologised for advertising in the Daily Mail last November. Lego and The Body Shop also announced that they would no longer run promotions in the paper.
Courtesy: The Telegraph