The Hull North MP, Diana Johnson, has given us her backing.
Here’s her statement of support:
“Fairtrade makes a huge impact to millions and farmers and their families. Through fair pricing, stable and secure income, and the Fairtrade premium, communities have benefited from new roads, schools, equipment, to name but a few examples.
A large part of the success of the Fairtrade movement is down to its activists in places like the UK. Their tireless efforts in promoting Fairtrade are key to continuing to grow the movement. This is demonstrated no more clearly than here in Yorkshire and the Humber. I know Hull has a long history of campaigning for Fairtrade and that they’ve joined activists from across the rest of Yorkshire in a bid to become the UK’s first Fairtrade region.
I wish them every success and will continue to support them in their efforts”.
Yorkshire’s newest MP, George Galloway, lives up to his gorgeous credentials as he gives a ringing endorsement for Fairtrade Yorkshire.
photo by David Hunt
Here’s what he has to say:
“I wholeheartedly endorse the work of Fairtrade Yorkshire and its affiliates in campaigning for trade justice. Winning Fairtrade status for the Yorkshire and Humber region is an imaginative and pioneering goal.
It would place our region as a world-leader over an issue that is truly global. Dignity at work and fairness for small producers is not a zero-sum game, and it is more vital now not less at a time of deep economic hardship.
If workers are paid and treated properly, and producers get a fair price, the economy as a whole benefits – here and in the trading partners our country has always been bound to.
It is not only a question of imports from impoverished parts of the world – though that is good reason enough.
Across Yorkshire farmers and other producers are struggling as unscrupulous big business drives down their margins to vanishing point.
Everyone in Yorkshire could not only be proud, but would also gain from a policy of fair-trade. And Fairtrade Yorkshire deserves the widest possible support for aiming to take this visionary step.”
What a great Olympics it has been for Yorkshire. Well done to all our Tyke Olympians. Yorkshire was top of the medals table for the UK regions. If we had entered the games separately we would have been 12th in the world.
Fairtrade supporters welcome the Olympic flame to York
If that isn’t enough, Yorkshire’s also in the lead in the race to become the UK’s first Fairtrade Region.
Go Team Yorkshire
Jason represents the Colne Valley. Here is his statement of support:
Jason McCartney is presented with a Fairtrade football by Helen Robinson of Holmfirth
“I welcome the Fairtrade Yorkshire campaign for Yorkshire and the Humber to be declared, by the Fairtrade Foundation, as the UK’s first ever Fairtrade region. I applaud the efforts to raise the profile of the Fairtrade agenda in Yorkshire, through dedicated work in schools and local communities to promote awareness of fair trading practices and the benefits of buying fairly traded products for customers and producers. I praise the enthusiasm and support which has grown in the region for Fairtrade, which offers fair prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. I urge the Fairtrade Foundation to recognise the work which continues to flourish in Yorkshire and the Humber by naming it the UK’s first official Fairtrade region.”
I very much support the fair trade movement. Buying fair and ethically traded goods secures a fair deal for some of the poorest farmers, providing an essential route to creating wealth and jobs in local communities, and pulling them out of poverty.
I welcome the Fairtrade Yorkshire campaign, which is doing excellent work to promote awareness of the benefits of buying fairly traded foods. Fairtrade scheme and other ethical consumer brands allow customers in Yorkshire to send a market signal about the conditions in which they want their food to be produced. It can also be good for British business, encouraging them to behave responsibly by creating stronger links with those farmers and workers on whom they depend.
I am delighted to hear that sales of Fairtrade goods are increasing the in the region and I hope that the Fairtrade Foundation recognises the good work that is taking place in Yorkshire and the Humber.
The Government is a strong supporter of fair and ethical trade, and supports the Fairtrade Foundation to help bring promising products to British customers. Ministers aim to double the number of Fairtrade-certified producers to 2.2 million and improve working conditions in global supply chains by 2013.
I hope this reassures you that Ministers and I are enthusiastic supporters of fair trade, which is a sensible and practical approach that ensures that some of the poorest people in the world can benefit from their hard work.
Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, tabled an Early Day Motion in support of Fairtrade Yorkshire. Here’s what it says:
That this House welcomes the Fairtrade Yorkshire campaign for Yorkshire and the Humber to be declared, by the Fairtrade Foundation, as the UK’s first ever Fairtrade region; notes the efforts to raise the profile of the Fairtrade agenda in Yorkshire, through dedicated work in schools and local communities to promote awareness of fair trading practices and the benefits of buying fairly traded products for customers and producers; further notes the enthusiasm and support which has grown in the region for Fairtrade, which offers fair prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world; and urges the Fairtrade Foundation to recognise the work which continues to flourish in Yorkshire and the Humber by naming it the UK’s first official Fairtrade region.
We are delighted to say that 18 MP’s signed the motion in the week before the recess.
The motion received support across the political spectrum with Conservative, Democratic Unionist, Labour, Liberal Democrat and Respect MP’s signing.
We were pleased to see that Yorkshire’s newest MP, George Galloway who represents Bradford West, added his name.
When Parliament reconvenes in September we will be encouraging more MP’s to back the Fairtrade Yorkshire motion.
Oxfam supporters gave out hundreds of information leaflets on Fairtrade Yorkshire to enthusiastic festival goers at the Garforth Arts Festival.
Oxfam was promoting its Grow campaign which calls for support for small scale farming as a route out of poverty.
Hundreds of people flocked to the festival and, although there was a torrential rainstorm, the crowds kept there spirits up.
The Oxfam tent Oxfam had a celebrity visitor in the form of renowned beatboxer, Shlomo. He went on to give a stunning set with his posse, Lip Service. Headline acts at the festival were Nitin Sawhney and the Saw Doctors.