I invited the lead campaigner against the town’s railway ticket office closure to parliament this week to see Prime Minister’s Questions.
Natasha Winter recently led the successful community campaign to save Stourbridge Junction ticket office and the home of George the station cat. Suzanne and the mayor Andy Street supported the successful opposition to closing it.
I thanked Natasha for her efforts. Stourbridge had almost 3,000 people in the constituency signing a petition to halt the closure – one of the highest in the country.
Natasha and her partner saw PMQs, had a tour around the House of Lords and the Royal Apartments as well as historic parts of the estate like Westminster Hall, St Stephen’s Hall and Central Lobby.
It was a pleasure to invite Natasha down to London and personally thank her for a brilliant campaign to save the ticket office and George’s home.
Without her leading the campaign and the dedication of others across our town, the West Midlands and the country, then the outcome might have been different.
As it is, passengers will still be able to speak to a human at our station and George can keep purring away.