PENDLE MP Andrew Stephenson is advising holidaymakers to check their booking is ATOL-protected to avoid being left out of pocket or stranded abroad.

ATOL is the UK’s statutory scheme that ensures consumers are protected against the risk of their travel company going bust.

Mr Stephenson said: “Since I was elected I have dealt with several unfortunate cases where travel companies have gone into administration.

“By checking that your booking is ATOL-protected, you can rest assured that you will be protected if the company goes bust.”