Farm in Worcestershire by Philip Halling
Farm in Worcestershire by Philip Halling

Wyre Forest Labour’s Stephen Brown writes “Only 2 weeks ago, on his 10th anniversary as our MP, I wrote about how Mark Garnier has worked harder to obscure his voting record in Parliament from his constituents, than he has on supporting his constituents. If all of his constituents, who he claims he works for on ‘every issue’ knew how he voted, they may be somewhat surprised and not have re-elected him so enthusiastically.

And here we go again. Barely anytime since Parliament started sitting ‘electronically’, and our MP is once more voting against his constituents interests.

This time he’s annoying farmers. There’s a lot in Worcestershire and quite a few in Wyre Forest. You’d think their interests would be served by him voting to protect their livelihood. Not so. Mark voted to lower food import standards in any future trade deals post Brexit. He voted against an amendment in the Agriculture Bill designed to protect the interests of UK farmers against cheap sub-standard food imports. This could finish many off who are already struggling. So much for sticking up for British interests post Brexit, or protecting our borders, and looking after our own hard working farmers. I recall Tories before last year’s election saying there will be no lowering of standards post Brexit. That promise didn’t last long did it?

Understandably, our farmers are not very happy. Are you happy? You voted to ‘get Brexit done’ but was it on this basis? Of course, we now also learn that there will be a border in the Irish Sea. Something else Boris Johnson’s Tories promised wouldn’t happen after Brexit.

So, Mr Garnier, do tell us why you think lowering food import standards and throwing our farmers and the jobs dependent on the UK farming industry under the proverbial bus is a good idea?“

You can read why farmers are not happy here:

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