Plaid Cymru’s Shadow Rural Affairs Minister, Llyr Gruffydd, has called on the Labour Government in Wales to condemn ’ridiculous’ claims made by the new Labour Shadow Secretary of State for Rural Affairs, Kerry McCarthy, that meat should be treated in the same way as tobacco.
With meat production contributing an estimated £1 billion to the Welsh economy last year, Mr Gruffyd said today (Thursday, September 24) that the Wales-based Labour Government should be doing more, not less, to support the crucial sector.
“At a time when farmers are struggling with plummeting red meat prices, Labour should be doing everything it can to support them, not attacking them,” he added.
“The Labour Shadow Secretary of State’s ridiculous anti-meat agenda is dangerous to Welsh economy and a clear indication that Labour does not care about our rural communities.
“Making the ridiculous comparison between tobacco, which has killed millions of people, and meat is plain stupid. With farming facing critical challenges in so many sectors, the last thing the industry needs is a Shadow Secretary of State obsessed with such a ridiculous distraction.
“The Labour Government in Wales must now condemn the comments made by Kerry McCarthy.”