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Twitter users baffled as Waveney MP interrupts Brexit debate with High street query

PUBLISHED: 16:45 20 March 2019

Peter Aldous baffled social media users at today' PMQs. Photo: Parliament Live

Peter Aldous baffled social media users at today' PMQs. Photo: Parliament Live

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A Suffolk MP baffled social media users after interrupting the prime minister’s Brexit grilling to raise issues about Lowestoft high street shop closures.

Peter Aldous, MP for Waveney, spoke at Prime Minister’s Questions at the House of Commons on Wednesday, March 20.

His moment followed a barrage of questions from Labour Party leader, Jeremy Corbyn, as the Brexit saga reached boiling point - and Labour MPs shouted ‘resign’ at the PM.

But Mr Aldous ignored the day’s hot topic, and moved on to fears over shop closures on Lowestoft High Street, including that of Body Shop, Argos and Beales.

He said: “I acknowledge the various initiatives the government has put forward, but can the prime minister assure me there’s a coordinated, sustained and properly resourced approach working with councils which will be pursued to revitalise our town centres which are so vital to local communities and economies.”

Theresa May replied to queries and said the MP had raised an important point about the significance of town centres.

She added: “Of course high streets are changing but we want to help them in that process and help them to adapt.”

However Mr Aldous’ question garnered a bemused response online after the Brexit-heavy debates which had come before it.

Duncan Robinson, political correspondent for The Economist, said: “Commons just switched from Brexit to the state of high streets in Lowestoft is a hell of a gear change. Parliament swings wildly between high politics and a parish council.”

While Swindon Labour councillor Jim Robbins tweeted: “I love #PMQs, a huge argument raging about #Brexit and #Democracy with half the House screaming ‘#Resign’ at the PM, then we switch to a question about Bodyshop in Lowestoft! #towncentreregeneration.”

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