UK Politics

Liberal Democratic Party: Tories want to fight supermarket gun battle with a water pistol says Farron

Press Release   •   Jan 05, 2010 10:42 GMT

“Farmers will only get a fair deal if a new regulator is given the teeth to enforce a strict, legally binding code governing the relationship between supermarkets, suppliers, and pricing," said the Liberal Democrat Shadow Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Secretary.

Commenting on Conservative proposals to introduce a supermarket ombudsman, Tim Farron said:

“For too long, Britain’s food market has been dominated by a ‘trolleygarchy’ that has seen profits monopolised by the big supermarkets.

“While the Tories want to sound tough, today’s announcement is like fighting a gun battle with a water pistol.

“Farmers will only get a fair deal if a new regulator is given the teeth to enforce a strict, legally binding code governing the relationship between supermarkets, suppliers, and pricing.

“It is to its shame that the Government has colluded in the dominance of the supermarkets by failing to follow through on explicit recommendations from its own Competition Commission to establish a genuinely independent regulator.