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Tears as Ribble Valley MP sells off his family business in Swansea
TEARFUL MP Nigel Evans has sold his family shop after 80 years but vowed to keep on fighting for small businesses nationally and in East Lancashire.
The Ribble Valley Tory spent the weekend in Swansea transferring the newsagents, tobacconists and convenience store to the postmistress round the corner and saying goodbye to staff and customers.
The business was founded by his grandfather in 1932 then run by his mother and father and then him and his sister Louise.
Mr Evans said: “It was a wrench. When I was saying goodbye to the staff and the customers I was very weepy-eyed and when I drove away I just could not look back.
“We’ve had this business in the family for 80 years but my sister Louise said after 20 years she wanted a career change and a holiday. Like many other family businesses we have had to give in to the pressures of being there all day, every day. At last this year I can have the whole family up to Ribble Valley for Christmas.
“I started working there when I was about ten. I took it over when I left university because my father Albert was ill and ran it for ten years before standing for Ribble Valley in 1991 and while my late mother and sister ran it, I used to do occasional shifts there in the holidays.
Mr Evans, who was attacked by a shoplifter while working in the store in 2000, has championed the small and medium sized business community at Westminster, winning an award from the Forum of Private Business for his work on their behalf in 2007.