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Show Your Hand for Fairtrade

meeting jason - aug 2015

Members of Holme Valley Fairtrade meet with Jason McCartney MP

Fairtrade is at the core of what we do and as members of Holme Valley Fairtrade, we met with Jason McCartney MP this month to share our commitment to Fairtrade, to demonstrate how important this issue is to his constituents, and to ask for his support for the “Show Your Hand” campaign from The Fairtrade Foundation.


In September the Government will be involved in setting the new Sustainable Development Goals (which replace the Millenium Goals). These goals offer a real opportunity to put Fairtrade at the centre of trade policy and could create fair, sustainable trade. The Fairtrade Foundation asked campaigners to raise this opportunity with the Government and demand action to make trade fair. Details on this campaign can be found here:


We’re very lucky to have an MP who is also a Fairtrade supporter. Both Jason McCartney‘s Parliamentary and Holmfirth offices have Fairtrade coffee for staff and visitors, and he also asks for Fairtrade when out and about. The best example of this is that Grand Central Trains made the switch to Fairtrade after being challenged by Jason!


Fairtrade Foundation / Fair & Funky

fairandfunky with Jason McCartney MP in Parliament during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014


We’ve also worked with Jason on a number of events – including hosting a fairandfunky Go Bananas SCRAPtastic IN Parliament during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 when 3 schools from Yorkshire and over 50 MPs joined the event to ‘Stick with Foncho’.



We can highly recommend meeting your MP, sharing your views on Fairtrade, and asking for support for the current campaigns – you are much more likely to be effective if you meet face to face. And when Holme Valley Fairtrade take their “Cotton on to Fairtrade” exhibition to Parliament make sure you encourage your MP to come and get involved! We certainly will!

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