Caroline Flint, Labour MP for Don Valley, has called for action to protect the UK’s rural communities from losing their crucial banking services.
Leading a cross-party delegation of MPs representing rural constituencies, Caroline has met with the Economic Secretary to the Treasury, John Glen, to discuss rural branch closures and make the case for innovative solutions such as community banking hubs.
Read my article on bank closures for the Yorkshire Post here.
As the argument over bank closures resurfaced in Parliament, two glimmers of hope appeared. One from RBS and one from the Government.
Read my speech in the Commons debate on Community Bank Closures
Caroline Flint (Don Valley) (Lab)
I am sure that we all heed your words, Madam Deputy Speaker, and thank you for your consideration this afternoon. I congratulate my hon. Friend the Member for Stoke-on-Trent North (Ruth Smeeth) and the hon. Member for Hazel Grove (Mr Wragg) on securing the debate.
During a debate on community banking, the MP addressed RBS bosses, saying: “Please do not patronise me with offers to meet a ‘senior representative’ when you refuse to provide any information which may demonstrate that small businesses, pensioners or the community generally may need the services provided in the Thorne and Bawtry branches more than you care to admit.”