Benefits Street on Teesside? Stockton MP approached by producers

Stockton North MP Alex Cunningham has again insisted the makers of Benefits Street are not welcome in the town.

The Labour MP spoke out this morning after production company Love Productions requested a meeting with him.

He said the controversial programme preyed on vulnerable people and was “exploitative”.

TV crews were seen in Dixon Street, off Dovecot Street last month after previously speaking to families in Middlesbrough.

And Mr Cunningham tweeted today that they had requested a meeting:

 The MP told the Gazette: “The chief executive for Love Productions has offered a meeting but I don’t know how useful that would be, as I imagine that we would both have fairly entrenched opinions.

“We have not heard anything on the ground for a while about Benefits Street coming to Stockton, there have been a few bits and pieces but nothing concrete.

“My message to the producers would be the same as when it was first rumoured that they were interested in coming to film here – Benefits Street is not welcome in Stockton.”

Source – Middlesbrough Evening Gazette,  20 May 2014

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