Vicky Ford MEP

Member of the European Parliament for the East of England

22 APR 2014

Family-run Lowestoft fish factory welcomes Eastern Region MEP

European MEP Vicky Ford took a break from the European election campaign today to visit Sam Cole's fish factory in Lowestoft together with Conservative MEP candidate Margaret Simons and local MP Peter Aldous.

The new facilities were completed in 2010 with the help of a grant from the EU Fisheries Fund. This means that fish caught locally and from all over the world can be processed at the Lowestoft factory. During the tour Vicky, Margaret and Peter were shown how Scottish salmon is brought to Lowestoft for smoking in their traditional smoker which is over 150 years old. The fish is then sold on to many local restaurants and fishmongers.

Vicky was able to explain to Sam Cole that the Conservatives were successful last week in making sure that Brussels will not force small businesses to pay for health and safety inspections. He was over the moon.

Vicky Ford MEP said, "Sam Cole has been extremely helpful in explaining the views of fishermen and enabling us to negotiate massive changes in fishing policy, in particular, getting rid of the abhorrent Brussels discard law which caused a million tons of edible fish to be thrown overboard every year. I have learnt an incredible amount from Sam Coles. He speaks up for fisherman and tells us politicians what we need to know."

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My Political Priorities

Economic Stability must come first. Without a strong economy we can not deliver a strong society. I work with businesses and consumers to keep Britain open for business, cutting red tape, boosting trade opportunities and helping to deliver jobs and growth for all.

I support Science and Research which is key to delivering better medical care, healthy food as well as the Innovation and Creative Industries which bring improved lifestyles for all our families.

Strong home Security is vital in today's uncertain world, which requires robust policing and defence and deep international relationships that we can depend on. I work with others to achieve this.

I care about the Countryside and the Environment and making sure that rural and urban communities flourish.