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It's now time MPs backed our dairy farmers

Published 11/06/2015

I am neither an apologist for, nor member of, the Labour Party, but one nevertheless feels that Lindsay Hoyle MP (Labour, Chorley) should be commended for tabling Early Day Motion 64 in the House of Commons:

"That this House recognises the important role dairy farmers play in supplying dairy products to consumers; highlights the high-quality dairy products which are supplied by local farmers and the benefits that dairy produce brings to providing a healthy, well-balanced diet; expresses concern at the way in which dairy farmers face pressure from the major supermarkets on reducing the cost of farmgate milk prices; and calls on the Government to work with the supermarkets and the dairy farming sector to promote home-grown produce and ensure that farmers receive a fair price for their milk."

Given the importance of dairy farming, in particular, to the NI economy - I urge Ulster MPs, in all parties and none, to sign EDM 64 to reaffirm their support for our dairy farmers.

CHRISTOPHER LUKE

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