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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:43 am on 31st January 2019.

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Photo of Barry Sheerman Barry Sheerman Labour/Co-operative, Huddersfield 10:43 am, 31st January 2019

May we have an early debate on the state of our town centres and the closure of Marks & Spencer stores? Marks & Spencer used to be a company with high ethical values; indeed, it used to buy a lot of its materials in Huddersfield for suiting and ladies’ fashions, but now its management is under a former Conservative vice-chairman and Member of Parliament, Archie Norman, who we know well from his asset stripping of Asda. We know from the involvement of his team in HBOS and other companies what they do; there is no ethical value there. May we have a debate on these asset strippers destroying our town centres?