MP backs poverty fight

Sheila Deacon and Richard Eddowes of the Hartlepool for Global Peace and Justice Group lobbying Iain Wright about the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign
Sheila Deacon and Richard Eddowes of the Hartlepool for Global Peace and Justice Group lobbying Iain Wright about the Enough Food for Everyone IF campaign

HARTLEPOOL MP Iain Wright gave his support to anti-poverty campaigners at an event as part of Fairtrade Fortnight.

Hartlepool’s Peace and Global Justice Group held the Big Brew coffee morning as part of efforts to ensure a fairer deal for farmers in developing countries.

Supporters enjoyed a cup of Fairtrade tea or coffee and bought Fairtrade products at the event held at St George’s United Reformed Church, in the town’s Park Road.

Mr Wright gave his backing to the group which is also supporting the If anti-hunger campaign.

Mr Wright said: “Hartlepool Peace and Global Justice Group have been strong campaigners for matters like international development and Fairtrade for many years now.

“They regularly correspond with me on campaigning issues and it was great to go and meet with them and have a cup of Fairtrade coffee.

“I think it’s important, wherever possible, that people buy items like tea, coffee and rice that has been traded as fairly as possible to get farmers a living wage.”

A host of UK Non Government Organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies have joined forces for the If campaign which has the slogan There is enough food in the world for everyone if....

It is the largest coalition of its kind since Make Poverty History in 2005 and calls for action from world leaders to tackle the causes of hunger, including land grabs and loopholes that allow companies to dodge paying tax.

The Hartlepool group highlighted their support and wish to see more Government help by making their own If budget box.

Chris Eddowes, of the Hartlepool Peace and Global Justice Group, said: “In some countries the tax they are missing out on from big companies is umpteen times more than they receive in aid.

“If they got the tax they wouldn’t need the aid. The big campaign this year will really get going around the G8 meeting in Northern Ireland.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for the Government to say what they promised to do at the last summit and that they will not go back on it.

“This is bringing all the big agencies together to really give it a big push. It would be great to see world poverty eradicated in our lifetime.”