Fairtrade bid for Yorkshire

ROTHERHAM’S MPs have backed a campaign for Yorkshire to become the country’s first Fairtrade region.

John Healey, Kevin Barron and Denis MacShane have backed a Parliamentary motion for the regional accolade.

Mr Healey said: “There are more than 2,000 Fairtrade goods in the UK. It is making a real difference.

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“Giving a fair price means communities can get the things we think of as a basic right, like housing, health, education, food and clean water.

Yorkshire becoming a Fairtrade region would send a clear message that we want to do our bit to help some of the world’s poorest people work their way out of poverty.”

Rotherham won Fairtrade status in 2006 and group chairman Cllr Ken Wyatt said the movement was firmly established across the county.

He added: “Seeking to make Yorkshire the UK’s first Fairtrade region seemed to be a natural next step to join all this good work together.”