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Notes from the writer/LibDem parliamentary candidate for Somerton & Frome

Election Day -62: Not Another Tescos

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Westminster Lib Dems fought a strong campaign to stop Tescos opening at one end of Church Street, NW8 (local activist Martin Thompson championed a petition which gathered over 1100 signatures) but now word reaches us that YET ANOTHER Tescos is opening at 90-100 Edgware Road, at the other end of Church Street.

That’ll be three different Tescos in the Church Street area, and by our sums 12 Tesco outlets within a square mile.

A Tesco spokesman has the cheek to say “More competition and choice can only bring more choice to the area”, but how can that be? With this kind of saturation, surely they’re removing choice from the area, and are creating a virtual monopoly which will force local traders out of the locality. With the buying power that Tescos have, independents just can’t compete on an even playing field.

Nick Clegg spoke of Lib Dem proposals to save local shops when he visited next door Hampstead & Kilburn. We want to see a fairer balance between independent stores and supermarkets. As he said, there is a real threat to the identity of high streets and local shops, and Lib Dems can save them through anti-competition measures, rate relief and post office banks.

It’s survival of the fittest for the Tories, but if you still want a local high street and a local community, vote Lib Dem.


Written by markblackburn

March 5, 2010 at 6:39 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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