Jo backs Lenzie’s bid to become Fair Trade Town

Jo Swinson MP for East Dunbartonshire met with local organisers to discuss the next steps

A longstanding supporter of the Fair Trade Movement, Jo met with Tracy Mitchell who is spearheading Lenzie’s bid to become a Fair Trade Town, Marian Martin, Tom Gray and Liz Ibbitson. Many local groups are on board with the effort including the Community Council, schools, youth organisations, shops, offices and the larger community in general. During Fairtrade Fortnight, from Tuesday 6 – Saturday 10 March, fair trade food and crafts will be on sale and informational leaflets will be handed out at The Coffee Lounge.

Lenzie Community Council is working hard to make Lenzie a Fairtrade Town as part of Scotland’s quest to become one of the first Fair Trade Nations in 2012. More than 55% of communities of 5,000 people or more need to be signed up as Fair Trade communities to reach this goal. Anybody who is keen on the idea of Lenzie becoming a Fairtrade Town and who would like to get involved – please contact the steering group via

Other communities can visit the Fairtrade Foundation website for information on ‘Taking a Step in 2012′ and the Scottish Fairtrade Forum at to see what’s going on in Scotland.

Commenting Jo said:

“I am delighted that Lenzie is moving towards being part of this movement. Communities have played a crucial role in growing Fair Trade around the world. Through trade we can make a real difference, helping people pull themselves out of poverty and making sure farmers and workers get a fair price.”

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