Helen backs Basil over council’s England flag removal

6 Nov 2023
Helen with 'Basil' and his taxi

North Shropshire MP Helen Morgan has called on Shropshire Council to change their licensing rules after the local authority asked Market Drayton cabbie John 'Basil' Brockhurst to remove English and British flags from his taxi.

The MP met up with Mr Brockhurst, who operates as Basil’s Taxi, to hear his side of the story and offer her support.

She has also written to Shropshire Council, urging them to reconsider their policy and allow the St George’s Cross and Union Jack back onto Basil’s Taxi.

Helen Morgan, Liberal Democrat MP for North Shropshire said, “I’m backing Basil’s Taxi against a plainly ridiculous Shropshire Council policy which puts offensive symbols and our own national flag on the same level.

“As a veteran of 40 years, Mr Brockhurst feels rightly aggrieved that he has been asked to remove the St George’s Cross and Union Jack, the latter of which is emblazoned with the badge of the King’s Shropshire Light Infantry.

“It is clear that the taxi licensing rules that have created this situation must be revised and that Basil should be allowed to display our national flag on his cab – common sense should prevail.”

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