A PARLIAMENTARY bill aimed at providing extra Government support for market traders is being co-sponsored by Keighley MP Robbie Moore.

The bill is designed to address a decline in market stall occupancy rates, and an increase in those that operate at a loss.

Mr Moore says markets, such as the premises in Low Street, Keighley, are an "integral" part of communities and vital to local economies.

He added: "As a regular user of Keighley Market, I know just how important it is to bang the drum for our local traders and ensure that they are supported during these challenging times.

"Speaking to the many customers that shop at Keighley Market, I fully understand how essential it is to them that the stallholders have the confidence to sustain their businesses into the future.

"I was therefore proud to co-sponsor this bill and will continue to fight for market traders' rights and ensure that our markets have the best support possible, as I know how core they are to our day-to-day lives."

The Markets and Market Traders Bill has been presented to Parliament by Simon Baynes, MP for Clwyd South.

It is due to have a second reading in the coming months.