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Nick asks Celebrity Chefs to back fishermen

May 24, 2009

seafood & wineNick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, has written to celebrity chefs Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall to ask them to back Hastings and Rye fishermen in their fight to survive, and to get a fairer outcome from the Government in terms of quota allowance.

Both Oliver and Fearnley-Whittingstall are famous for their campaigns against social exclusion and also for sustainable, organic methods of food production.

Nick says, “It is imperative that we keep this issue in the eye of the press and the public. We owe it to our fishermen.

“On 14 May, the Minister was once again dodging the issues in Parliament. The Government is failing our fishermen.

“Lib Dem MEP Sharon Bowles is seeking an investigation of the issues via the EU Competition Commissioner, but we need to fight on as many fronts as possible.

“Jamie Oliver and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall have done so much in respect of lobbying on similar issues that it seemed a logical thing to do to ask them to get involved.

“I am sure that there is also a connection that could be made with the Seafood & Wine Festival, and I will be writing to Hastings Borough Council to suggest it.

“I am appealing to all local people to sign our petition in support of the fishermen – it is also online at,” said Nick.


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  1. Lisa Flatt permalink

    I agree that both Jamie and Hugh could shed a lighthouse effect on both the public and the government in that the local fishing fleets would get noticed. Are they interested? I would be interested to hear the opinions of other readers of this article.

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