Admirable politician’s work recognised at the Westminster meeting of the Family Farmers’ Association

A Fair Deal award was presented to Andrew George MP during the FFA’s annual October conference organised by livestock farmer Pippa Woods.

On the Westminster committee room Cornish farmer, Fair Deal Council member and video-maker Michael Hart, presented the granite based award made by Sculpture Designer, a co-operative of lead crystal craftsmen formed when Tyrone Crystal went out of business. Right click on picture to get a clearer image.

For years Mr George has been the national chairman of the Grocery Market Action Group (GMAG) which successfully led the campaign to create a watchdog to protect smaller farmers and growers from the unethical practices of supermarket buyers. He brought GMAG together several years ago and it includes representatives from the National Farmers’ Union, the British Independent Fruit Growers Association, Friends of the Earth, ActionAid, Traidcraft, the Association of Convenience Stores, the British Brands Group and many others.

Addressing the House on this subject in 2008

Mr George said, “It’s a great honour to accept this award, but I do so on behalf of many other people who have worked so hard to advance the campaign to make sure that farmers and growers are treated fairly by powerful supermarket buyers.”

Mr George also urged the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon David Cameron MP, to ensure that there was no delay in the Bill’s implementation during Prime Minister’s Questions on Wednesday.

Three days ago it was reported that the Bill to set up a Groceries Code Adjudicator with the role of enforcing the Groceries Code and encouraging compliance with it,  had its second reading debate on 19 November 2012 and that, after the Public Bill Committee has scrutinised it line by line, its report to the House is expected by 18 December 2012.

 

To read more about Fair Deal Awards go to the Localise West Midlands website.
 
To read the Bill, download pdf from link on http://services.parliament.uk/bills/2012-13/groceriescodeadjudicator.html

 

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Posted on November 27, 2012, in Lobbying, Vested interests and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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