“We need a genuinely independent regulator to enforce a beefed up code," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.
Commenting on the Government’s announcement that it has accepted the need for a supermarket ombudsman, Tim Farron said:
“For years, Labour and the Tories have twiddled their thumbs while huge supermarkets have pushed thousands of farmers to the brink.
“Their response has been totally inadequate and there are serious doubts over whether these belated proposals will properly regulate the industry.
“A code of practice that is not legally binding means that much will depend on how much power the ombudsman gets.
“We need a genuinely independent regulator to enforce a beefed up code, instead of Labour and the Tories’ half-baked attempts to buy off farmers in the run-up to a General Election.”