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Campaigners fight for right to make cheese

Campaigners from Stilton in Cambridgeshire are taking their fight to the Government today to be allowed to make the cheese that bears the name of their village.

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Meet the cheese makers who are not allowed to name their product after the village where it's made

Villagers in Stilton near Peterborough have met the Farming Minister today, in their latest attempt to try and get permission to call the cheese they make there... Stilton.

Cambridgeshire MP Shailesh Vara is backing their campaign saying it would boost jobs and tourism in the area.

"I want the Minister to be in no doubt whatsoever that we fit the criteria to be able to make cheese and call it Stilton.

Also, what I want is for his officials to work closely with Richard Landy, our local historian, and Liam McGivern, local businessman, to make sure that the next application that we put in will succeed."

– Shailesh Vara MP

The Stilton campaigners have since told ITV Anglia that Defra has agreed to work with them so that they can go through the process of submitting an application to Europe to make Stilton in Stilton.

Click below to watch a report from ITV News Anglia's Elodie Harper

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