What prospect for food should Corbyn win?

By Rick Pendrous contact

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Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture
Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Related tags: Drink sector, United kingdom

Jeremy Corbyn, who is leading the other candidates in the polls to become the next leader of the Labour Party, divides opinion. Those on the right see him as an unreconstructed leftie who would make Labour unelectable. His fans – including many young people – see him as a man of principle whose views haven't been swayed in pursuit of popularity

Rather than policies that don’t frighten voters from middle England, he advocates some radical ideas. But, to some, that is his attraction not ‘Tory-light’ policies for which the other candidates have been accused.

But, what impact would a left-wing, Corbyn-led opposition have on the Conservative government's agenda for the UK food and drink sector over the next five years – and the country should he win power in 2020?

What Corbyn stands for

To answer that, it is necessary to look at what Corbyn stands for. His proposals range from imposing higher taxes on the rich, to creating more skilled jobs; investment in manufacturing; and from re-nationalising the railways and utilities, to raising corporation tax.

 He supports continued membership of the EU but wants reform; and he is vehemently against the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership.

Critical

He is also very critical of the food and drink sector, as seen by his recent threats on BBC Radio 4 to reform the industry and an article he penned in response to the 2004 House of Commons Select Committee report into obesity.

This called for better education for consumers and more regulation. His views are summed up by the line: ‘The power of advertising to sell instant snacks, readymade meals or fast foods is enormous, and the young are often prey to this.’

Come September 12, we’ll know what we might be in for.

Related topics: Legal, Obesity

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