Loss of Barratts name from high streets is a “sign that Chancellor Osborne’s cuts are now biting deeper”

Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland Labour MP, Tom Blenkinsop, has today (December 8th 2011) reacted to the news that the Barratts shoe store chain is going into administration with the loss of 191 shops and up to 3,800 staff as a clear sign that the Chancellor of the Exchequer’s policies are “failing Britain’s people and Britain’s High Streets”

Tom said “Barratts is one of our High Street’s iconic names and has over a hundred years of tradition. Older people will remember the ‘Walk the Barratts Way’ adverts, and posters for their childhood shoes. Locally we may be facing the loss of a shop on Middlesbrough’s Linthorpe Road, and the loss of the availability of Barratts products in other local department shops and in Dorothy Perkins.”

“This is a clear sign of how deep the recession is biting. People are simply buying less and less, and this is hitting both the retail sector and the manufacturing sector – and Barratts were a big buyer of shoes made in the UK. Does it have to take more empty High Street shops to get George Osborne to realise he needs to adopt a ‘plan B’ – and quickly before more store chains end up like Barratts.”

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