I visited Waterstones in Stockport to show my support for “Books are My Bag”, the first nationwide campaign to promote local high street bookshops. I love browsing in bookshops, and like most people I think they make our high streets more appealling.
However, over the past five years independent bookshop numbers have declined from 1,535 to 1,028, so I really hope this great campaign makes an impact.
I visited Penny Lane Pantry, a new community store based on the ground floor of Hanover Towers, Lancashire Hill, and met up with volunteers Aggie and Leanne.
It is a pleasure to follow on from the contribution made by the Honourable member for East Worthing and Shoreham, who as Children’s Minister, responded positively to the Parliamentary Inquiry into children who go missing from care, conducted by the All Party Group on Runaway and Missing Children and Adults, which I chair.