Owen Paterson must use last chance to back farmers

The North Shropshire Liberal Democrats have called on Owen Paterson to back British farming this week, and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

In a letter to Owen Paterson, Helen Morgan, Liberal Democrat spokesperson for North Shropshire, warned the Tories must not “risk farmers’ livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from the USA.”

The votes come on Wednesday 04/11/2020 in amendments to the Agriculture Bill. The Liberal Democrats want MPs to ensure any post-Brexit trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules.

According to the NFU, over a million people have also signed their petition calling for the UK Government to put laws in place that prevent imports of food that is produced in ways that are illegal here in the UK.

Liberal Democrat Rural Affairs Spokesperson Tim Farron said:

“Farmers across the country are incredibly worried that the UK is about to be flooded with poor quality food undercutting their high quality produce.

“It doesn’t need to be this way. Liberal Democrats back British farming and want to work in partnership with our farmers to help cut greenhouse gas emissions, support the recovery of our natural environment all while continuing to produce the food that fills our cupboards.”

Liberal Democrat spokesperson for North Shropshire, Helen Morgan added:

“The Conservatives must not risk farmers’ livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from the USA.

“If Owen Paterson is to truly back British farmers, he must vote to ensure any post-Brexit trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules.”

Please sign our petition calling for Owen Paterson to back British farmers, food producers and local jobs.