Northamptonshire MPs spar over town nightclubs

Philip Hollobone, nightclub, Peter Bone
Image caption Philip Hollobone (left) and Peter Bone (right) disagreed on Northamptonshire's partying hotspots

Two Northamptonshire MPs have battled it out in the Commons over which part of the county has the best nightclubs.

Conservative MP for Kettering, Philip Hollobone, first laid stake to the claim as he praised the work of street pastors in his town.

But Wellingborough's Tory MP Peter Bone called it an "outrageous slur", saying "everybody knows it's Wellingborough and Rushden".

Commons speaker John Bercow concluded: "Gosh. The mind really is boggling."

The light-hearted conflict arose earlier during questions to the Church Commissioners in the main chamber, where Mr Hollobone questioned commissioner and fellow Conservative MP Sir Tony Baldry.

Mr Hollobone said: "Kettering is the nightclub capital of north Northamptonshire.

"Into this fray every Saturday night and Sunday morning, the Kettering street pastors put out six to 10 volunteers to offer faith-based reassurance, comfort and guidance as well as practical assistance to vulnerable young people.

'Outrageous slur'

"Will my right honourable friend kindly agree to come and visit Kettering to see the good work they do for themselves?"

Mr Baldry agreed, but swiftly Mr Bone put his point across.

"Mr Speaker, it is an outrageous slur from my honourable friend that Kettering is the nightclub capital of north Northamptonshire - everybody knows it's Wellingborough and Rushden.

"The street pastors in my area do a tremendous job - particularly the full gospel church in Rushden who have also had a homeless shelter and led the way with that. Will my honourable friend agree?"

It prompted Mr Baldry to end the matter with a rather diplomatic response.

"On my way to Kettering to see the Kettering street pastors, I promise and I undertake that I will call on my honourable friend's constituency and witness the work of the street pastors there as well."

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