#RightToFood campaign banner by Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Ian Byrne MP
#RightToFood campaign banner by Fans Supporting Foodbanks and Ian Byrne MP

“The fight to make sure nobody goes hungry.”

In the later months of 2021, Bedworth & North Warwickshire Labour members began working to pass a motion that would make any “future-led Labour council in their area a ‘Right to food’ authority”. Created in 2020 by Ian Byrne, MP for Liverpool West Derby and grassroots organisation Fans Supporting Foodbanks, the campaign aims to make access to food a legal right for all.

In January 2021 Liverpool became the first ‘Right to Food City’ in the UK when the city council unanimously called for the Right to Food to be incorporated into the National Food Strategy (independent review commissioned by Government into the UK’s food system).

In March 2021 the campaign made its submission to the National Food Strategy including five key ‘asks’ which we believe, if adopted by Government, provide an achievable, tangible and legally binding route out of food poverty for millions of people in the UK.

Unfortunately, following the publication from the NFS in July 2021, the campaign was disappointed that their March 2021 submission* was not included in their recommendations. The campaign is now calling for the Prime Minister to incorporate the Right to Food in the Government’s White Paper. This paper is due in early 2022 and it will outline the Government’s policy proposals in response to the National Food Strategy.

However there is much that can also be done locally here in Bedworth & North Warwickshire. Now that the membership has unanimously voted the motion through, a coordinated effort to work with Nuneaton Labour Party means that for the latter to also pass the motion would add any future Labour-led Nuneaton & Bedworth Borough Council to the overall policy.

This would complete the commitment at all levels of the neighbouring parties.

As this campaign grows Bedworth & North Warwickshire will be working with other local Labour parties to discuss how to build on the commitments including local strategy.

Please contact us if you wish to get involved and help us lift as many people possible out of food poverty.

*https://www.ianbyrne.org/right-to-food

Six ways to get involved

Please get involved in the #RightToFood campaign. Showing your support is easy:

 1. Add your signature to our #RightToFood campaign pledge

Please email Ian Byrne MP saying you want to add your signature to the #RightToFood campaign pledge.

2. Sign the petition

Sign and share the petition calling on the Prime Minister to put the Right to Food into UK law. You can also download the paper petition at Unite’s right-to-food campaign page to take into your workplace to get colleagues to sign.

3. Ask your MP to sign the #RightToFood petition

Please contact your MP today.

Ask your MP to sign the petition and make clear representation to the Prime Minister to include the Right To Food in the government’s forthcoming White Paper to be published in response to the National Food Strategy.

 4. Ask your local councillors to take a motion to the council

Please speak to your local councillors about using the model motion below to get your local authority to commit to #RightToFood status.

5. Write to the National Food Strategy team

Please write to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to tell him to make provision a ‘right to food’ in his Spring Budget.

6. Tell everyone that you’re backing the #RightToFood

Please share our graphics on all your social channels with #RightToFood

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