Warrington South MP, Faisal Rashid, recently met members of the Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group to discuss Fairtrade issues and to look at how he could lend his support.
Following the meeting Faisal joined the All Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade and signed Early Day Motion 166, a Parliamentary Motion calling for increased scrutiny over fair trade deals with the UK.
Warrington became a Fairtrade town in 2006 and in doing so has had to show that there is a real commitment to Fairtrade in all areas of the community. Across Warrington, Fairtrade is supported by local industry, schools, churches and societies.
Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group exists to help Warrington achieve the criteria of the Fairtrade borough, which includes having the support of local businesses, which must stock at least two Fairtrade items, as well as support from schools and restaurants. The Group meets monthly and includes the Fairtrade representative for Warrington, Councillor Steve Wright. The group organises events such as Fairtrade Fortnight, which will run next year from 26th February until 11th of March.
Following the meeting, Faisal said:
“It was great to meet with members of the Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group. I was interested to learn more about Fairtrade and what we can do across Warrington South and in Parliament to promote it.
“I am committed to supporting Fairtrade and I have pledged that my office will be Fairtrade. I will be promoting the use of Fairtrade products wherever possible. I will also be contacting Warrington Borough Council to see whether it would be possible to promote Warrington’s status as a Fairtrade Town on local road signage.
“I have pledged to continue to buy Fairtrade and I would encourage all my constituents to support Fairtrade in Warrington, either by purchasing Fairtrade products in stores or by joining the Warrington Fairtrade Steering Group.”