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Mary Portas urges government to help struggling high streets

Retail expert Mary Portas has accused the government of making "token gestures" to rejuvenate Britain's struggling high streets.

As a result of her review three years ago, 27 areas were given funding to build more diverse town centres - but the results have been mixed.

Ms Portas has now called for faster action on "crippling" business rates and for local councils to be given the power to take control of empty shops.

BBC Breakfast's Graham Satchell reports.

  • 16 Dec 2014
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