Anti-Australian trade deal ad campaign to target Welsh Secretary and six other Tory MPs in Wales
Campaigners who oppose the Australian trade deal have said that they will pour cash into ads targeting Welsh Secretary Simon Hart.
The European Movement say that they are targeting 44 MPs who backed the UK-Australia trade deal which they say will lower animal welfare and food standards.
The campaign will also target former Welsh Secretaries Alun Cairns and David Jones, as well as Brecon and Radnorshire MP Fay Jones, Montgomeryshire MP Craig Williams, Clwyd South MP Simon Baynes and Vale of Clwyd MP James Davies.
Simon Hart’s Carmarthen West and South Pembrokeshire and James Davies’ Vale of Clwyd are two of ten seats that will be targetted more than the others, campaigners said.
The money will fund a string of “aggressive campaign ads” in their constituencies which will focus on animal welfare, environment and food standards, like chlorinated chicken.
One ad will feature a picture of a frightened lamb and read: “‘Skinning lambs alive is cruel and shouldn’t be allowed anywhere near the UK market. Tell your Tory MP [name here] to fight for animal welfare standards.”
The movement is chaired by Labour peer Lord Adonis, who said that the Australian trade agreement was a “bad deal that critically undermines traditional British values”.
“The British public is clear: Back British farmers, keep chlorine out of our food and stop slashing standards,” he said.
Simon Hart welcomed the Australian trade deal when it was announced, saying it had been “struck over a plate of Welsh lamb”.
“More than 450 Welsh businesses exported to Australia last year and this deal opens up the opportunity for many more to join them,” he said.
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