Barbara joined five time Olympic gold medallist, Sir Steve Redgrave, in a campaign at Westminster to highlight unfair cotton subsidies.
West African cotton producers are some of the poorest farmers in the world and yet they have to compete with EU farmers who received over £600m in subsidies last year. To highlight this, Barbara and other MPs joined Sir Steve in signing cotton bunting in an attempt to break the world record length for cotton bunting. The record for the world’s longest bunting is currently 2,986 metres.
Barbara and Sir Steve joined Fairtrade campaigners and supporters around the country who are aiming to reach at least 4,350 metres – over two and a half miles. The final bunting will be displayed on World Fairtrade Day, 14 May.
“I was happy to help the campaign highlight the fact that farmers in West Africa earn less than $1 a day but they cannot trade their way out of poverty due to these subsidies.
"Salford has been a Fairtrade City for five years and trade justice is something that people in Salford care about. I am proud to join Sir Steve Redgrave in backing Fairtrade Fortnight and this bid to break the bunting record. This campaign has a serious message about the need to end unfair European cotton subsidies and to make trade fair. The poorest cotton farmers in the world should be able to make a decent living from their work.”