Labour MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, Tom Blenkinsop, today (11th July) joined farmers at their protest in Westminster against planned cuts to the payments they receive for their milk.
Commenting during the protest, Tom said:
“The decision by the dairy processors to cut the price paid to farmers by up to 2p per litre of milk could see farmers lose thousands of pounds per year and eventually a price hike for customers.
“The Government needs to ensure that the area is regulated fairly and that farmers aren’t pushed around by large companies. If not, there is a serious risk of dairy farmers being run out of business. Many are already losing out as the average milk price for farmers is 25p per litre, much lower than the 30p per litre production costs. Inevitably milk prices will rise and that will have a dramatic impact on the already strained finances of many of my constituents.”