George steps up ombudsman campaign


Local MP Andrew George is this morning holding an Adjournment Debate in Parliament to ask Ministers from the Department for International Development to support his call to establish a supermarket ombudsman.

The debate is part of a campaign headed by George who is chair of the multi-agency Grocery Market Action Group. He will call on Government to establish the ombudsman on the recommendation of an inquiry published by the Competition Commission last year. The proposed ombudsman would protect the interests of both UK consumers and those who work to supply the UK grocery market.

Today’s debate will focus on the impact which the large supermarkets have on overseas suppliers, producers, and workers. George will be calling on Ministers to urge their colleagues in the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to take the necessary steps to establish the ombudsman.