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Tories unveil plans for supermarket watchdog

A Conservative Government will introduce a supermarket ombudsman to “curb the abuses of power” by major retailers which harm farmers and consumers under plans announced today.

Speaking at the Oxford Farming Conference today, shadow environment secretary Nick Herbert will call for a “new age of agriculture” which supports British farmers.

He will warn some aspects of the way supermarkets treat their suppliers could harm both the producers and consumers.

Without an ombudsman to police supermarkets, shoppers could suffer from lower quality products, less choice and higher prices in the long run, he will say.

Mr Herbert's speech will also attack the Government for its failure to establish the ombudsman, after a decade in which ministers have “devalued British agriculture”.

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