Representing a rural constituency, I am passionate supporter of our farmers and their contribution to both putting food on our tables and conserving our environment. With this in mind, I was delighted by the news that Waitrose and the Co-op have launched ‘Best of British’ sections on their website to make more straightforward for shoppers to buy homegrown produce – joining similar efforts by Morrisons, Aldi, Sainsbury’s and Ocado. Bravo to all of these and let’s hope M&S and Asda now join them.

British farmers produce exceptional food to world-class welfare standards, and buying British helps cut down on unnecessary food miles whilst supporting local farmers. Similar measures are also being introduced by the Government to feature more prominent ‘British labelling’ on food produce to help consumers choose local – reducing the risk of foreign imports, produced with lesser welfare standards, undercutting farmers here in the UK.

Would you like to see offenders of anti-social behaviour properly punished and made to atone for the nuisance they inflict upon the community? The public are now being offered the chance by the Government to nominate projects in their local area for immediate Community Payback. Such projects will see those criminals caught engaging in anti-social behaviour carrying out hard graft such as picking up litter from roadsides, scrubbing graffiti from underpasses or shopfronts, and maintaining neighbourhood beauty spots. I see lots of litter as I travel around, so why not nominate a Community Payback project for your area via my website by going to:

Andrew Griffith is the Member of Parliament for Arundel and South Downs
Contact details:  Andrew Griffith MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA
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