Bill Wiggin MP’s objection to a Parliamentary visit to Arla Foods saw plans altered at the last minute.

Bill Wiggin MP was meant to be visiting an Arla Foods dairy plant in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire with the Dairy All-Party Parliamentary Group on Thursday 8 January.

However Mr Wiggin objected to the visit and announced that he would not be taking part after learning of Arla Foods’ action to slash the price they pay their 3,000 British farmer-owners for milk.

Bill Wiggin MP said: “The proposed visit would have been tantamount to supporting this price cut, which I think is unacceptable.

It is terrible news for dairy farmers across the country that Arla Foods has cut its milk price by over 2p/litre from 5 January bringing the standard litre price down to 24.81p/litre.

This move followed an earlier cut to the milk price on 1 December of 1.63p/litre.

These cuts put extra and I believe unnecessary pressures on dairy farmers.

I felt it was important to speak out and leave the Dairy APPG in no doubt of my feelings on the matter.”