Saturday 20 March 2021 / 12:01 AM Steve Reed

Steve Reed responds to Government announcement on high streets and seaside resorts

Steve Reed MP, Labour’s Shadow Communities Secretary, responding to the Government announcement on high streets and seaside resorts, said:

“This is just a drop in the ocean compared to how much the Conservatives took away over a decade when they pushed our high streets and seaside towns into deep decline and it’s not clear which areas will benefit.

“The Conservatives have done nothing to level the playing field between high street shops and online retailers. Now they want to hollow high streets out by selling off temporarily closed shops to wealthy developers so they can never reopen as shops again.

“Our high streets are dying under the Conservatives, it’s only Labour that’s promised to put back what the Conservatives stripped out so we can guarantee our high streets a brighter future.”