MPs battle over which town is nightlife hotspot

Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone were speaking in Parliament

Philip Hollobone and Peter Bone were speaking in Parliament

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A debate about which town in the north of the county has the best nightlife has broken out – on the floor of the House of Commons.

Kettering MP Philip Hollobone and Wellingborough and Rushden’s Peter Bone were speaking in a Church Commissioners debate on street pastors in Parliament yesterday (Thursday, March 7).

Inviting church estates commissioner Sir Tony Baldry to visit the town, Mr Hollobone said: “Kettering is the nightclub capital of north Northamptonshire. Into that fray, every Saturday night and Sunday morning, between the hours of 11pm and 3am, the Kettering street pastors, led by their inspirational co-ordinator, Fiona de Boltz, send out six to 10 volunteers to offer faith-based reassurance, comfort and guidance, as well as practical assistance to vulnerable young people.”

After Sir Tony said he would be extremely happy to visit Kettering to see their work, Mr Bone said: “It is an outrageous slur from my honourable friend Mr Hollobone to say that Kettering is the nightclub capital of north Northamptonshire when everybody knows it is Wellingborough and Rushden.”

He added: “Street pastors in my area do a tremendous job, in particular the Full Gospel church in Rushden, which has led the way with a homeless shelter.”

Sir Tony promised to visit Mr Bone’s constituency as well, prompting Commons speaker John Bercow to quip: “The mind really is boggling.”