Following her meeting with Fairtrade Fortnight campaigners in Parliament, Mary Creagh MP carries on banging the drum for Fairtrade Fortnight back in her constituency, Wakefield.
Last Friday, Mary visited two co-op stores - Stoney Lane branch (Hall Green) and Osset branch - to promote Fairtrade. The visit was part of a continual effort to raise awareness for the national campaign (23 February – 8 March), which aims to show people the difference Fairtrade makes to their lives.
Mary Creagh MP said at the event:
“I have heard today how fair trade helps to transform the lives and communities of millions of people around the world. Whether it is buying fair trade food, drink or clothes, the choices that people in Wakefield make can help to massively change the lives of farmers and workers in developing countries.
During Fairtrade Fortnight I hope that people will choose to play their part and opt for fair trade products whenever they can.
Tackling poverty isn’t just about giving aid and Government assistance, it is about increasing trade opportunities and ensuring that producers are paid a fair price for their work. Fairtrade Fortnight should remind us all that by making a few small changes to our shopping habits we can make a real difference to producers in the developing world.
Fairtrade businesses are perfect examples of the responsible capitalism which Ed Miliband has consistently championed. The UK should be proud that even in these challenging economic times we are choosing to spend more on fair trade products. It is a testament to our shared values of social justice that last year we spent over £1.5bn on fair trade products, allowing producers in the developing world to invest in their businesses and local communities.
The Government must do more to ensure that its procurement policies support and prioritise fair trade products, as well as spreading best practise for fair trade procurement to local government and other public institutions such as the NHS and prisons service.”