VIDEO: Northampton MP Michael Ellis works on the till during official opening of new Burger King

Northampton MP Michael Ellis has officially opened a new Burger King restaurant in the town centre.

The Conservative politician donned a Burger King shirt and cap and took a turn on the till on the opening day of the new fast food outlet, which is situated in the former Eastgate pub site in Abington Street.

The Mayor of Northampton Councillor Christopher Malpas (left), Northampton MP Michael Ellis (middle) has officially opened a new Burger King in the town centre run by Sukhi Panesar (right)

The Mayor of Northampton Councillor Christopher Malpas (left), Northampton MP Michael Ellis (middle) has officially opened a new Burger King in the town centre run by Sukhi Panesar (right)

The 136-seater restaurant, which is run by Sukhi Panesar who also owns the Burger king in the Market Square, has created 30 new jobs in the town.

Mr Ellis said: “I’m delighted to officially open this new business in Abington Street.

“For me the priority is to support all new businesses and business people in the town.

“This is a new venue in the town centre and will create a number of new jobs and that can only be a good thing.

Northampton MP Michael Ellis was given a tour of the new Burger King and spent time with staff

Northampton MP Michael Ellis was given a tour of the new Burger King and spent time with staff

“We do want to see a variety of business in the town centre but cafes and restaurants have their part to play.”

Mr Ellis said he did “occasionally” eat in Burger King and enjoyed a double cheeseburger but not too often as it “wasn’t very good for his waist-line”.

Mr Panesar, who is also planning to open a new Burger King in the Weston Favell Centre, said he hoped the new restaurant would benefit from the University of Northampton moving its campus to the town centre.

Northampton MP Michael Ellis was given a tour of the new Burger King and spent time with staff

Northampton MP Michael Ellis was given a tour of the new Burger King and spent time with staff

Northampton MP Michael Ellis has officially opened a new Burger King in the town centre

Northampton MP Michael Ellis has officially opened a new Burger King in the town centre

The new Burger King is in the site of the former Eastgate pub in Abington Street.

The new Burger King is in the site of the former Eastgate pub in Abington Street.