On ‘Betrayal’ And Badgers

When the shadow Defra team had its first – and only – meeting with Jeremy in the Leader’s Office, I set out in detail where I wanted to push the policy agenda: on food, farming, air pollution, the circular economy, animal welfare, and more. Defra may be a small department but it’s a very wide brief. He agreed with the concerns I raised about TTIP’s impact on food standards, animal welfare and the environment, and said he’d convene a meeting of relevant Shadow Cabinet ministers to discuss TTIP more broadly, although that didn’t come to anything. Jeremy sent us away with two asks: he wanted us to look at agricultural colleges and market gardens.

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