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Lib Dems launch ‘Save Our Fishermen!’ petition

May 9, 2009

Sharon and Paul JoyFollowing recent meetings with Hastings & Rye fishermen, local Liberal Democrats have launched an online petition at their newly upgraded website.

The text of the petition is as follows:

“To: The Minister for Fisheries, Department of Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

I, the undersigned, support the Hastings & Rye Liberal Democrats in demanding that the Minister for Fisheries re-instates the percentage of the Channel quota granted to the under-10m sector in February 2009.”

Local parliamentary campaigner Nick Perry said,

“Jacqui Lait’s Conservatives and now Michael Foster’s Labour has brought our local fishing industry to its knees. Sharon Bowles MEP has written in protest to the Fisheries Minister about the Government U-turn, and has made a formal complaint to the EU Commissioner for Competition. Our fishermen have been wronged and this must be investigated.”

Stuart Murphy, the Lib Dem County Council candidate for Old Hastings & Tressell said, “I am disgusted by the failings of both the Conservatives and New Labour. I am asking local people to use their vote on 4 June, and to vote for a party that will stand up for local people and our valued local heritage.”

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