MP Stephen Gilbert tackles meaty issue at Crantock Bakery near Newquay
NEVER one to shy away from meaty issues, MP Stephen Gilbert has taken his Back British Beef campaign to a pasty factory near Newquay.
The politician met employees at Crantock Bakery in Indian Queens and tried his hand at crafting a few pasties.
The bakery employs 130 people and is a large local consumer of meat, producing up to 70,000 pasties a day.
After launching his campaign last month Mr Gilbert was invited to take a tour of the factory and see how the health of the beef industry affects other local businesses.
"I had a very productive meeting to discuss the industry and the campaign, and really enjoyed seeing how a successful local business works," he said.
"The Back British Beef campaign is so important because local businesses like this one are major consumers of meat products and in turn employ large numbers of local people. Getting all businesses, from farmers to bakers, behind this campaign is so crucial in making sure our beef is reared locally, processed here and used in making great food for our shops."
Bakery director Matthew Hurry said: "We fully endorse Stephen's campaign, and in particular the aim of strengthening the farm-to-plate supply chain, especially where that supports the Cornish economy and communities."