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MP Emma raises King Street plight in Parliament

CONCERNED ... Emma Lewell-Buck raised the plight of King Street in Parliament.

CONCERNED ... Emma Lewell-Buck raised the plight of King Street in Parliament.

CONCERNED South Shields MP Emma Lewell-Buck turned Parliament’s attention on the plight of her town’s main shopping thoroughfare today - after seeking the views of traders there.

The MP was selected to raise the issue of struggling King Street in an adjournment debate with High Street minister Brandon Lewis.

The move came amid concern for the retail viability of the town centre, following the recent departure of such big-name outlets as Marks & Spencer and Mothercare.

In preparation for the debate Mrs Lewell-Buck paid a fact-finding visit to King Street to find out on the ground what is really bothering traders.

Among their main concerns raised are the alarming decline in both income and footfall in the last two years - and the high cost of business rates being charged.

She said: “Shops on King Street have reported that footfall is down in the last two or three years, at the same time as incomes are being squeezed and families have less money to spend.”

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