|This article appeared in The Diss
Express on 14 May 2010
The People Speak
South Norfolk MP Richard Bacon brings Diss Express readers up to date with some of his recent work in the community
There was no problem persuading local people that the General Election was important – the 72 per cent turnout in South Norfolk was higher than the national average, which was itself significantly higher than last time.
Personally I think we are very lucky to live in a democracy where we have a free vote. In the past, people fought and even died to make sure that we can have our say.
After the excitement of the General Election, all elected MPs now have to focus on doing what is best for the country.
It is great to see that the Norfolk Women’s Institute is now taking up the issue of better food labelling.
I am told that Institutes across the country are also looking at the issue and that food labelling will be discussed at the WI’s national meeting in June.
When I first sought to change the law on food labelling, it was rather a ‘minority interest’, though there is now widespread support across different political parties, and I am pleased to say that supermarkets are now responding to pressure to offer better labelling. However, I have also noticed that supermarkets will backslide when the pressure is reduced.
The long-term answer is proper laws requiring food suppliers to show country of origin on the label. Only this will give consumers the confidence they need and ensure a fair deal for British farmers.
Although some improvements have been made at the station and a new ramp is being installed on the Gilray Road side of the railway line, people with disabilities are unable to use the bridge. Currently, they have to be escorted across the tracks by a member of the station staff, which is far from ideal.
I have written to the Chief Executive of Network Rail supporting the D.I.S.S. group’s suggestion of installing a small passenger lift on each side of the bridge. These would also be very handy for mothers with prams and for passengers with heavy luggage.
The D.I.S.S. group is keen to attract new members and carers are welcome too. For more information contact Chairman Geoff Mantle on 01953 718382.
|© Richard Bacon 2010|