Holly Lynch MP

Working hard for the people of Halifax, Illingworth & Mixenden, Town, Ovenden, Park, Skircoat, Northowram & Shelf, Sowerby Bridge and Warley

Fairtrade Halifax

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Fairtrade Halifax had its official launch on Sat 5th March at Halifax Central Library.

Fairtrade products guarantee better prices, decent working conditions and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world. Buying Fairtrade products is a small change we can make to our buying habits which has a big difference on the lives of those less fortunate than ourselves.

Fairtrade Halifax has been founded to promote Fairtrade in our town and to raise awareness amongst shops and consumers of the benefits of these products.

The ultimate aim is for Halifax to be awarded the prestigious status of 'Fairtrade Town', which would be a great draw for tourists and businesses.

The launch event featured Fairtrade stalls and very special guest Fairtrade producers - Palestinian farmers Mohammed Hamada and Taysir Abasi.

‘Fairtrade Halifax’ becomes the latest addition to Fairtrade Yorkshire’s rapidly growing network of local Fairtrade groups. Brought together by Holly the group is always looking to attract more members.

Holly said:

“International development is so important and it is crucial that we play our own part here in Halifax. Calderdale Council, the church community, and some of Halifax’s biggest employers are already on board with the campaign, which is a big boost.”

Mark Dawson from Fairtrade Yorkshire has welcomed the group and said:

“It’s fantastic that we have this new group in Halifax and we look forward to working with Calderdale Council and local employers such as Lloyds, Nestle and Suma, as well as with small businesses.  The group has a great opportunity to promote fairness and justice for all the producers and farmers that provide us with the goods that we enjoy.  We welcome the newest addition to our family.”

In Parliament Holly has been working on a cross-party basis with Colne Valley MP Jason McCartney in order to launch the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fairtrade. The group work closely with the Fairtrade Foundation in order to promote Fairtrade to MPs and raise awareness of issues around trade and international development.Holly_Lynch_Fairtrade_APPG_launch.jpg

For Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 the group held a very well attended breakfast event in Parliament attended by MPs from all parties, government ministers, school children from Yorkshire and members of Holmfirth's Fair and Funky. For more information on the APPG click here.

For more information on the initiative in Halifax, or to see how you can get involved please contact Adam Wilkinson on 01422 399516 or wilkinsona@parliament.uk

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