Backing for Fairtrade region bid

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CIVIC leaders in Rotherham are backing a campaign for Yorkshire to become the first Fairtrade region.

The town won Fairtrade status in 2006 and now the Rotherham Fairtrade Group is working with supporters to try and get the same status for the whole region.

Rotherham’s three MPs – John Healey, Kevin Barron and Denis MacShane – have signed a Parliamentary motion in support of the bid.

Mr Healey said: “There are more than 2,000 Fairtrade goods in the UK, so this is a everyone can play a part in making sure producers in the developing world are getting a fair deal.

“Fairtrade is making a real difference. Giving a fair price for what is produced means communities in the developing world 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.”

Swinton councillor Ken Wyatt, chairman of the Rotherham Fairtrade Group, said: “Our major universities are signed up to using and promoting the Fairtrade brand along with many types of council, NHS agencies, all kinds of workplaces and well known companies. Seeking to make Yorkshire and the Humber the UK’s first Fairtrade region seemed to be a natural next step.”