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Bank Branch Closures

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 4:05 pm on 30th June 2016.

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Photo of Chris Evans Chris Evans Labour/Co-operative, Islwyn 4:05 pm, 30th June 2016

It is a pleasure to follow George Kerevan. I hope that Mr Ross McEwan meets him really soon because I can see the hon. Gentleman’s passion on this issue. I pay tribute to my hon. Friend Christian Matheson. I know how deeply he feels about this issue and how he has been campaigning for this debate through the Backbench Business Committee. I am pleased that his campaigning has come to fruition. It would be remiss of me not to mention James Heappey.

We found out today that Mr Williams is lucky enough to have access to a train, a bus and a car. He represents a beautiful part of Wales and I always like hearing him talk about places in his constituency because that reminds me of my childhood holidays and good memories come flooding back. I also pay tribute to my hon. Friend Albert Owen, who has again shown his passion and devotion to his island constituency. His fantastic speech was one of the best that we have heard in the Chamber for a long time and I thank him for it. It would also be remiss of me not to mention another Welsh colleague, my hon. Friend the Member for Clwyd West