Nigel Evans, MP for the Ribble Valley, has written to the Prime Minister asking for increased funding for rural constituencies that voted to leave the European Union.
Following recent reports that the government is considering proposals from a group of Labour MPs, in predominantly Leave-supporting constituencies, to allocate more funds to their communities, Mr Evans has urged the Prime Minister to extend any incentives and funding to all rural constituencies that voted to leave the European Union.
Commenting, Nigel said:
“Public services are important to everyone, but in rural areas they take on a particular significance. Rural constituencies are facing an uphill battle to keep hold of all the necessary resources for day-to-day life.”
“There is increasing pressure on rural high streets to keep shops open, public transport links are dropping at an alarming rate and in outlying villages doctors surgeries are further apart and often elderly residents face challenging journeys if current services close.”
“Following the closure of the Clitheroe Police Station’s front desk last year and the threat of closure of Slaidburn Health Centre, I felt it necessary to urge the government to extend any plans for funding incentives to all rural constituencies that voted to leave the European Union.”
The Prime Minister is currently in Brussels negotiating the withdrawal agreement with the European Union