Farmers have lined up to criticise the Conservatives for backing imported sugar after the party handed out Tate and Lyle lanyards with its conference passes.
Tate and Lyle’s sugar refining business relies on imported sugar cane, as opposed to British sugar beet.
NFU vice president Guy Smith was the first to say he would change the lanyard, tweeting the Prime Minister to say a ’country could not be built on imports’.
He later posted a picture of his ’sorted’ lanyard.
It’s not about politics it’s about my assured farm produce grown to high environmental standards or the imported rival. But now sorted pic.twitter.com/LtJ9cPmkJi— Guy Smith (@essexpeasant)
The decision to take sponsorship from Tate and Lyle was branded ’disgraceful’ by arable farmer Andrew Ward.
NFU president Meurig Raymond and director general Terry Jones were photographed shortly afterwards with British Sugar lanyards they had hunted down.
The gaffe came in the wake of a shocking survey which showed six in ten adults had no idea sugar was grown in Britain.
The poll was carried out as British Sugar launched a campaign urging shoppers to ‘Back British Sugar’ ahead of the removal of European sugar quotas and Brexit.