Lobby of MPs is on for sure

6 November 1998




Lobby of MPs is on for sure

ORGANISERS of the mass lobby of MPs by farmers in Parliament Square, London, on Nov 18, insist the event will definitely go ahead, despite the NFUs refusal to be associated with it (News, Oct 30).

Initiated by the mainly Welsh group Farmers in Crisis, the London event will not, say organisers, be asking for handouts but for fair farmgate prices and fair terms of trade. "In particular we want something done about the supermarket monopoly," said David Sadler, one of the groups spokesmen.

The lobby was going ahead despite NFU opposition because "government needs to appreciate that the NFU is not doing what small livestock farmers need. The NFU is stalling until were too financially exhausted to offer any further resistance," Mr Sadler said.

He accepted that not everyone would be able to make an individual appointment with their MP. So arrangements were being made for leading MPs to come out and speak to the gathering.

The Countryside Alliance has set up a helpline on 01367 850496 to explain that members wishing to attend the lobby should make an appointment with their MP and arrange their own transport.

Another organiser, Rees Parry, said the NFUs refusal to help had made Welsh farmers "mad as hell with the NFU". He could not see how the lobby could possibly affect negotiations over the aid package being discussed by the

government.


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