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Hundreds more sign up in support of our fishermen

October 12, 2009

2009_1011May0008On Saturday morning, hundreds of people signed a petition in support of our local fishermen, during the ‘Taste of Rye’ Festival.

The signatures garnered over the weekend bring the tally closer to 4,000.

The petition calls on the Minister for Fisheries to re-instate the percentage of the Channel quota given to fishermen in February 2009 which was overturned when the Labour Government capitulated to pressure from big business.

Speaking at the weekend, Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary campaigner for Hastings & Rye, who has been a key figure in the campaign said,

“I want to thank all the local people, local businesses and visitors to the wonderful ‘Taste of Rye’ Festival who backed the petition. I can count on one hand the number of people who were not prepared to sign up in support of our fishermen.

“Tim Farron MP, the Lib Dem Shadow for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, will be putting down an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on 20 October as the start of a process to bring this gross injustice to the attention of the nation.

“His office will be releasing details of the EDM over the next few days”, said Nick

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