FDF at the Political Party Conferences

FDF was involved in a number of fringe events at the main Political Party Conferences focussing on our theme of promoting the economic importance of the food and drink industry.

Labour Party Conference Roundup

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) held two very successful events at Labour Party Conference we also attended a series of meetings with key contacts.

FDF event with EEF and Fabian Society

Monday 1 October Melanie Leech, FDF Director General, was on the panel of speakers at a private round table lunch hosted by FDF, EEF and The Fabian Society addressing the theme of Going for Growth: the new relationship between government and the economy.

The other speakers were economist Vicky Pryce, Lord Adonis who is leading the industrial strategy review on behalf of Ed Miliband, and Steve Radley, Policy Director at EEF.

The lunch was held under the Chatham House Rule but we are pleased to report a good turnout of MPs and that the food and drink manufacturing industry in our 2020 vision is now on the agenda for Lord Adonis as he conducts his policy review.

FDF and National Farmers Union (NFU) fringe meeting

Later on Monday Melanie Leech was back as a panel speaker at the fringe meeting we held in partnership with NFU.

We had another great turnout and a good debate about the role that research and development can play in delivering affordable food security.

Shadow Secretary of State for Defra Mary Creagh said that she was open minded about what new technologies such as GM had to offer to tackle food security.

Huw Irranca-Davies, Shadow Minister for Food and Farming welcomed Melanie's call for politicians to lead the debate and then give business certainty about the direction of travel, investment and regulation for new technologies.

Conservative Party Conference Roundup

The FDF held a successful private dinner at Conservative Party Conference we also attended a series of meetings with key contacts.

FDF Private Dinner at Conservative Party Conference

On Sunday 7 October Melanie Leech and Jim Moseley hosted a private dinner for MPs chaired by John Stevenson MP at Conservative Party Conference in Birmingham. Our key note speaker was new Defra Secretary of State Owen Paterson.

The conversation over dinner was conducted under the Chatham House Rule but we can report that he is in favour of looking at how new technology can be exploited to meet many of the challenges that the food industry faces. Discussions included the public acceptance of GM, commodity prices, the perception of the industry and food poverty.


FDF live tweets from party conferences

During the Party conferences we 'tweet' about the latest from our fringe events - you can still catch up with us by following @Foodanddrinkfed. If you want to catch up on our tweets, then simply search Twitter by for the hash tag #fdfpartyconf.


More information

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Last reviewed: 24 Jan 2014