TRADERS in Batley quizzed MP Jo Cox when she carried out a fact-finding mission in the town centre.
She did a walkabout after meeting Batley Business Association chairman Andrew Marsden at the Reunion Cafe on Branch Road.
Mrs Cox talked to traders about ways to boost the town centre.
Having given her maiden speech to parliament about regional economic growth, Mrs Cox is hunting for office space in Batley.
One bonus is the market was saved, but there are still empty shops and also no public toilets.
Recent ideas included putting work by local artists in the windows of vacant town centre retail units.
She said: “A great deal of work was done during the election campaign focussing on our town centres and looking at ways to regenerate them. I was very encouraged by the positive feedback and ideas from traders in Batley about how to improve their town.”
• Mrs Cox told pupils at her old primary school to realise their dreams by reaching for the stars.
She detailed for youngsters how she went from the primary school on Cawley Lane to be a globe-trotting aid worker and now MP.
Mrs Cox said: “I told pupils I had grown up nearby and sat where they were sitting 30 years earlier.
“I told them they should strive for the life they dream of and reach for the stars.”