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Tory candidate Liz Truss pledges to ‘unleash’ British food

5th Aug 2022 - 05:00
Conservative leadership candidate Liz Truss says she would remove ‘onerous EU regulations and red tape’ in a major shake-up of the industry if she becomes Prime Minister.

Truss has also promised to tackle the labour shortages in farming with a short-term expansion to the seasonal workers scheme.

Reacting to the news Karen Betts, chief executive of the Food and Drink Federation, said: "I'm delighted to see Liz Truss putting food production at the heart of her leadership campaign. Food and drink manufacturers of all kinds and their staff across the UK work tirelessly to ensure delicious, affordable and safe food and drink is available to everyone, everywhere, every day.

“But we need to work with the Government to tackle soaring inflation, which is straining household budgets and putting businesses in our sector under real pressure. Rethinking and streamlining regulation, along with finding solutions to skills and labour shortages and opportunities to boost productivity, would make a huge difference.”

Written by
Edward Waddell