The Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats have condemned Craig Williams, the Conservative Member of Parliament for Montgomeryshire, for voting against measures to protect farmers in his constituency from low-quality foreign food imports.
The amendments to the Agriculture Bill, which were backed by Liberal Democrat MPs, would have ensured that the UK Government could not agree to any post-Brexit trade deal which allowed cheap imports from countries with lower food safety, animal welfare, and environmental standards than Britain – countries such as the USA – to flood the UK market, putting smaller-scale, high-quality British farms at risk.
The vote last night (12th October), represents a pattern for Craig Williams, who has consistently failed to back amendments safeguarding our local farming industry at every opportunity.
John Thornton, Chair of the Montgomeryshire Liberal Democrats, said:
“I am extremely disappointed that Craig Williams didn’t back the amendment giving MPs the final say on trade deals. This amendment, which was supported by the NFU and RSPCA, would have prevented our high animal welfare and food standards being weakened”
“Farming is a crucial part of the rural economy here in Montgomeryshire it’s disappointing that Craig again missed an opportunity to reassure British farmers about the future.”