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PORTSMOUTH North MP Penny Mordaunt made a stand this week against clampers who operate on private land.

During a question session at the House of Commons on Thursday, Ms Mordaunt asked leader of the house Sir George Young if more can be done to help those who feel they have been unfairly clamped before it is made illegal under the Protection of Freedoms Bill next year.

Under the Bill, only local authorities, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency and police will be allowed to clamp vehicles.

Sir George called upon the Security Industry Authority, which licenses clampers, and the British Parking Association, which has set up an ethical clamping code, to look into unfair penalty cases.

Ms Mordaunt was meeting with traders in High Street, Cosham, today to talk about ways they can bring back shoppers over Christmas.

She said: ‘Posters and flyers could be handed out over the festive period which persuades people to come back to Cosham.

‘I’ve also come up with the idea of a ‘parking Santa’ informing people that clampers are in force.

‘I don’t want people to be put off the area entirely before the clampers move out.’