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Snub to Fairtrade

PUBLISHED: 16:11 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:28 25 August 2010

CALLS for a council to achieve Fairtrade status have been snubbed by its leader.

CALLS for a council to achieve Fairtrade status have been snubbed by its leader.

Bexley council refused to say whether it plans to go ethical, after Labour parliamentary candidate for Bexleyheath and Crayford, Howard Dawber, appealed for them to join the other 12 London boroughs which have already done so.

Council Leader Ian Clement said: "Whilst we all want to see a fairer world, Mr Dawber's time would be better spent at the moment lobbying the government, that he supports, for a better grant settlement considering Bexley is being disadvantaged at the expense on those up north, something which affects us all."

Mr Dawber said: "Bexley's unethical sourcing policies are jeopardising London's claim to be a Fairtrade city."

The sourcing of ethical products means growers and manufacturers, often in developing counties, are paid a fair price for their products. Both Conservative and Labour councils have achieved the status, including Greenwich. But Bromley has yet to join them. A spokesperson for the council said: "We don't currently limit ourselves to Fairtrade suppliers, given the need to achieve best value for our residents. Fairtrade sales in the UK have been doubling every two years for the last eight years. Councils are awarded Fairtrade status, by meeting five criteria, including serving Fairtrade drinks at meetings, offices and canteens and to ensure a range of Fairtrade products are available in shops, restaurants.

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