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Laurence Robertson turns his back on local farmers

May 17, 2020 2:50 PM
By Tewkesbury Liberal Democrats

Sheep ()Tewkesbury's MP Laurence Robertson voted against an amendment to the third reading of the Agricultural Bill that industry leaders say could have kept out food imports produced using methods that are illegal in the UK.

The Bill was a once-in-a-generation piece of legislation for safeguarding the sustainability of domestic food production and the integrity of domestic food consumption, but now means that foreign competitors using cheaper, but potentially far more harmful, production techniques could undercut local farmers - driving many of them out of business and dramatically lowering food standards.

Alex Hegenbarth, Parliamentary Spokesperson for the Liberal Democrats in the Tewkesbury constituency, said "Yet again our local MP has chosen to follow the party whip rather than stopping and thinking about what's best for the local area. Competition is always welcome, but not when people's health is put in danger."

For the full story, visit Farmers Weekly