Dr Luke Evans MP, the Member of Parliament for Bosworth, has shown support for British farmers and producers on Back British Farming Day, held on November 2nd. The MP has recognised the vital role that farmers in Bosworth play in feeding families both locally and across the nation.
The local MP has also written to the Chief Executives of supermarkets with stores in his constituency, such as Sainsburys, Tesco, Lidl and Aldi, to ask what they are doing to support farmers and producers in Bosworth and across Leicestershire.
The letter, which Dr Luke shared online, asks for the supermarket heads to ‘outline the work of [their stores] in supporting farmers and producers in Bosworth, or alternatively within close proximity to [my] area.’
Environment Secretary Therese Coffey and representatives from the National Farmers Union (NFU) were also in attendance at an event held on the Parliamentary estate. A British wool and wheatsheaf pin badge was given to MPs as the emblem of the day, symbolising an industry which provides jobs for almost 4 million people and is worth more than £120 billion to the national economy.
Dr Luke Evans, MP for Bosworth, said “I am proud to represent the farmers and growers and show my recognition for their work by supporting Back British Farming Day. As well as providing high-quality food our farmers also maintain and care for the iconic British countryside that we all enjoy.
“My patch is a beautiful rural area and, importantly, around 85% of the land in Bosworth is agricultural. We have a big farming community and many passionate producers who work tirelessly to support their businesses and families.
“When I’ve spoken with farmers in Bosworth their principal message regarding the best thing we can do to support them is to buy seasonal British and local produce.
“I know people in my area do the best they can to support our farmers, markets are held regularly on the weekends and are well attended. But I know there are many who prefer and sometimes require the convenience of supermarkets, which is why I’ve written to the Chief Executives of supermarkets with stores in Bosworth to find out how they’re supporting local farmers.”