Grocery Code Adjudicator will get the power to fine supermarkets

Lynne Featherstone MP has today welcomed the announcement by Liberal Democrat Competition Minister, Jo Swinson MP, which confirmed that the new Grocery Code Adjudicator will be able to fine large supermarkets who deal with suppliers unfairly.

Prior to the debate on Monday, dozens of Hornsey and Wood Green constituents contacted Lynne Featherstone MP and asked her to ensure that the Adjudicator is as strong and effective as possible, to ensure suppliers get a fair deal. The Liberal Democrat MP contacted Jo Swinson MP to represent her constituents’ concerns.

The Coalition Government has now listened to concerns and given the Adjudicator more power to protect farmers and other small suppliers.

Following the announcement, Lynne Featherstone, Liberal Democrat MP for Hornsey and Wood Green, said:

“I was more than happy to represent my constituents’ concerns on this issue.

“Too often, the farmer or small supplier is squashed under the might of the major supermarkets that dominate our daily shopping. That is why I and the Liberal Democrats have long campaigned for a strong, independent regulator that has real teeth to stand up for hard-working suppliers.

“Liberal Democrats are working hard to create a stronger economy and that means we need to ensure everyone is treated fairly. That is why the beefed-up powers for the Grocery Code Adjudicator are an important step forward.”