The Newark by-election provided a flow of good stories for the Newark Advertiser and the paper’s offices were visited by Prime Minister David Cameron Foreign Secretary William Hague and opposition leader Ed Miliband.

After being welcomed by the paper’s chairman and editor-in-chief Roger Parlby, his daughter, managing director Joanna Parlby and editor Chris Prime, the trio visited the newsroom where they met reporters, sub-editors and photographers.

During the campaign the paper organised a hustings when the five mainstream candidates responded to questions that had been submitted by readers.

News editor Dan Churcher secured an exclusive half-hour interview with Mr Cameron who spoke from No 10 before flying to Brussels.

Mr Parlby said this week: “The top politicians’ visits emphasised the stature of the Press in a local community and a newspaper’s vital contribution to current affairs.”

Pictured above: Prime Minister David Cameron with Newark Advertiser chairman and editor-in-chief Roger Parlby, managing director Joanna Parlby and Conservative Robert Jenrick who held the seat with a 7,403 majority.

Mr Cameron said: “I think papers have a good and strong future because communities like them and the Newark Advertiser is one example of that.”

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