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Lichfield and Burntwood MP backs rural shops at House of Commons event

Lichfield and Burntwood’s MP has given his backing to small rural shops at an event in the House of Commons.

Michael Fabricant was at the launch of the 2019 Rural Shop Report by the Association of Convenience Stores.

Michael Fabricant at the launch of the Rural Shop Report
Michael Fabricant at the launch of the Rural Shop Report

He heard how poor broadband and rising costs of cash machines were proving to be a continuing challenge for such businesses.

The Conservative MP said: “In the Lichfield constituency some of our smaller villages would find it hard to exist if they are not sustained by their local shop.

“With limited bus services in rural areas and some older people not having access to private transport, the small shop is the very life blood of village life. 

“Kings Bromley, Alrewas, Yoxall and other communities would all be worse off without their local shop.

“I was proud to hold a banner at the event saying that I support my rural shops.” 

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  1. Burntwood Bloke

    28th February, 2019 at 2:48 pm

    He can buy some local produce thanks to his 2.7% pay rise

  2. Darryl

    1st March, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Is this a magic banner of faster broadband? Or the sort of pride that reduces business rates for smaller businesses?

    Also, Kings Bromley has a Co-op now.

  3. Mike Kinghan

    2nd March, 2019 at 7:35 am

    A strong contender for the least interesting ‘story’ ever published on Lichfield Live!

  4. Steven Norman

    4th March, 2019 at 2:25 pm

    Holding a sign is not necessarily “supporting”. It would be if he had joined residents to oppose the cuts in bus services by the County Council or previously the Community Transport by the District Council.

    Can we assume he has nothing to say about the City Centre shops and the Friarsgate Fiasco?

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