The Labour Party has refused permission for fast food giant McDonald’s to display a “back British farming” exhibition at its party conference.
McDonald’s was willing to donate £30,000 to the party in return for the display, according to The Sun’s website.
But Labour told the restaurant chain it was not welcome.
The website quoted Labour MP Wes Streeting, who once had a part-time job at McDonald’s, and he said he was exasperated at the decision which smacked of a “snobby attitude”.
He added: “McDonald’s may not be the trendy falafel bar that some people in politics like to hang out at but it’s enjoyed by families across the country.”
McDonald’s may not be the trendy falafel bar that some people in politics like to hang out at but it’s enjoyed by families across the country Wes Streeting, Labour MP
McDonald’s had already been cleared to exhibit an “interactive experience” display in support of British farm produce at the Tory and Scottish National Party conferences.
But the decision for a similar stand at Labour’s rally in Liverpool this autumn was blocked by the party’s national executive.
A McDonald’s spokesman told Farmers Weekly: “We are disappointed with the decision that has been taken.”
Farmers Weekly asked Labour’s shadow Defra secretary Kerry McCarthy to comment on the refusal.