Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parking Charges Will Ruin Firms, Says PM Adviser

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Parking Charges Will Ruin Firms, Says PM Adviser

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Byline: Joe Murphy Political Editor

THE Prime Minister's business adviser Lord Young of Graffham today joins the campaign against Westminster council's parking charges, saying they will "destroy" firms in the West End.

He said the council was "biting the hand" of struggling business ratepayers and predicted a backlash among Londoners unless its leader Colin Barrow halts it. "If this chap wants to get reelected he had better start thinking again," said the peer.

Recalling the late former leader of Westminster, Sir Simon Milton, he added. "Simon Milton wouldn't do this in a million years. It's going to destroy a lot of the West End."

The lifelong Conservative, a former Institute of Directors president, has even signed a protest petition launched by the Labour group at Westminster. Other prominent names on the online petition include actress Dame Harriet Walter, impresario Harvey Goldsmith, Michelin-starred chef Albert Roux and restaurateur the Earl of Bradford. …

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