Politicians look ahead to Fairtrade Fortnight with Nottingham store visit

IMG_2907coopNottingham South MP, Lillian Greenwood, and East Midlands MEP, Glenis Willmott, enjoyed an insight into the benefits of buying Fairtrade when they visited The Co-operative Food in Wollaton on Friday (25 January).

The politicians met the Trowell Road store’s manager, Stephen Jackson Lee, and his team, to raise awareness of the importance and positive effects of buying Fairtrade locally, ahead of this year’s Fairtrade Fortnight (25 February to 10 March).

Fairtrade Fortnight is the annual celebration of the Fairtrade movement aimed at raising the profile of FAIRTRADE Mark products.  Fairtrade helps producers in developing countries by guaranteeing fair prices and providing an additional social premium to fund vital community projects.

Stephen Jackson Lee, store manager at Wollaton, said: “Raising awareness about the Fairtrade movement, and the power it has to change lives, is very important. We’re delighted to welcome Glenis and Lillian to our store to tell them about The Co-operative’s work with people in some of the world’s poorest countries.”

Lillian Greenwood MP said: “I’m really pleased to support Fairtrade fortnight. The Co-operative has a proud record of supporting the initiative and raising awareness about the conditions in which our food is produced. The staff deserve credit for the important work that the Wollaton store is doing.”

Glenis Willmott MEP, added: “As Leader of Labour’s MEPs, I was encouraged to see and hear about the ways the Co-op continues to support Fairtrade.  The other area I was also able to raise with them related to public health, and in particular food labelling.  This is an increasingly important area, where European legislation leads the way.”

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