Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner appointed shadow minister
Cambridge MP Daniel Zeichner has been appointed as a shadow minister in the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
Commenting on his new role, Mr Zeichner said: “I’m a lifelong environmentalist and have an enduring interest in agriculture and food issues and, as many people know, I'm a bee fan, campaigning to make sure bee-killing pesticides are not used on our fields.
“I served for many years on Labour’s Policy Commission developing policy on food and rural affairs.”
He continued: “I will be leading for Labour on the Government’s delayed Agriculture Bill which is key to ensuring we have affordable food produced in a much more environmentally sustainable way, with proper security and rewards for all those involved in the production chain.
“After the heartbreaking vote to leave the EU, I am very concerned that the Government has wasted almost eighteen months since the Bill was first introduced and we now have a very short time to get new systems in place, thanks to the foolish decision by Boris Johnson not to seek a longer extension to the negotiations with the EU.”
In 2017, Mr Zeichner resigned as shadow transport minister after going against party orders to abstain and back a motion for the UK to remain in the EU single market, along with 50 other Labour MPs.