PRESS RELEASE: Zöe Franklin & Guildford Lib Dems call on Angela Richardson to back farmers

November 3, 2020 4:15 PM

Back British Farming QuoteGuildford & Cranleigh Liberal Democrats have called on Angela Richardson to this week back British farming and vote to protect our high environmental and animal welfare standards.

In a letter to Angela Richardson, Liberal Democrat spokesperson Zöe Franklin for Guildford, Cranleigh and our Villages warned the Tories must not "risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump."

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 MP 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 Zöe Franklin for Guildford added:

"The Conservatives must not risk farmers' livelihoods to win a favourable trade deal from Donald Trump.

"If Angela Richardson is to truly back British farmers, she must vote to ensure any post-Brexit trade deals meet UK animal welfare and food safety rules."

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You can read a copy of Zöe's letter to Angela Richardson MP below.

Back British Farming letter to AR