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Perry speaks out at Lib Dem conference on fishermen’s plight

March 15, 2010

Following last week’s meeting with Shadow Fisheries Minister Andrew George MP at Westminster, Nick Perry, the Lib Dem parliamentary candidate for Hastings & Rye, has spoken out against the unfair quotas that are putting the livelihoods of our local fishermen at risk.

At Lib Dem Spring Conference in Birmingham, during the party’s policy debate Growth that lasts: a fair, green and sustainable economy, the 2,000 delegates were told that the policy will directly benefit communities such as Hastings and Rye.

As well as meeting ‘the urgent challenge of climate change, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and creating green jobs and infrastructure’ the motion also called for ‘immediate investment in infrastructure to help create jobs now and the right environment for sustainable growth for the long term.’

Mr Perry urged the packed Conference Hall not to forget those industries that are already committed to environmentally sound practice.  He said:

“This is a terrific policy and we need it in Hastings & Rye.

“We need it because we have been waiting in vain for 13 years for our transport infrastructure to be improved; we need it because we have been let down by the Government’s unwillingness to look into renewable energy possibilities for the Dungeness C site;  but most of all we need it because we must secure the financial future for our fishermen, who have been given Marine Stewardship Council accreditation for their environmentally responsible practice, but who time after time have been refused a fair share of the UK quota.”

Last week Mr Perry persuaded Mr George to write to Nick Clegg, Leader of the Lib Dems and Chair of the Party’s Federal Policy Committee, for a full fishing industry update, so that the experience of Hastings & Rye fishermen will be incorporated, and so the changes will work for them.

’Change that works for you’ is our Party’s campaign slogan.  On no local issue is this more important than the policy developments we put in place for the under-10 metre boats”, Nick said.

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