- West Country (W)
The MP for Bridgwater and West Somerset has applauded the decision by farmers to protest outside a milk processing plant last night. Ian Liddell-Grainger says they put on a 'magnificent' show of strength and sent a clear message to processors and retailers.
I am deeply embarrassed that my constituents have had to resort to these tactics because they can’t get any joy out of a Tory Farming Minister.
Of course I have every sympathy for people who have been caught up in this dispute, whether they are employees of Wiseman or consumers who haven’t been able to get milk today.
But, sadly there is no other option open to the farmers, given the pathetic response they have had from Jim Paice."
The government has agreed a voluntary code of practice between dairy farmers and milk processors.
One of Britain’s leading retailers says it is increasing the premium it pays farmers for their milk.
Farmers came in their hundreds to blockade Robert Wiseman Dairy in Bridgwater in a protest against milk prices