‘Election won’t make much difference to blighted town centres like Middlesbrough’

Middlesbrough town centre showing people walking past shuttered Debenhams and House of Fraser stores

Empty shops, high crime and a lack of opportunity – no wonder retailers have deserted town centres such as Middlesbrough. There are plenty more like it. Sadly, the general election won’t make much of an immediate impact, believes George MacDonald

“I don’t go into the town anymore – all the big shops have gone.”

It’s a commonly expressed sentiment in Middlesbrough and the villages around the Teesside town, and it’s easy to see why.


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